Country singer Jason Aldean isn't just any celebrity sharing his feelings of sadness over the deaths of 58 people in the recent Las Vegas shooting tragedy.
He was onstage at the Route 91 Harvest music festival when a rain of bullets began falling over the thousands of people who'd come to share their love of country music.
And he was devastated.
I'm struggling to understand what happened that night and how to pick up the pieces and start to heal.
On Saturday night, Jason took the stage for the Saturday Night Live cold open and paid a moving tribute to the victims of the attack. He also shared his sadness over the death of rock superstar Tom Petty by combining the two heartbreaking events together in a very memorable performance.
Jason — dressed in a black shirt, jeans and hat — looked directly into the camera and said, "This week, we witnessed one of the worst tragedies in American history."
"Like everyone," he continued, "I'm struggling to understand what happened that night and how to pick up the pieces and start to heal."
Jason went on to speak to the families of the victims.
"There are children, parents, brothers, sisters, friends," he said. "They're all part of our family. So I want to say to them, we hurt for you and we hurt with you, and you can be sure we're going to walk through these tough times together every step of the way."
Before he began to sing the powerful Tom Petty song "I Won't Back Down," which seemed an appropriate song for the sad moment, he also expressed his belief that the country would recover from the painful event.
"When America is at its best, our bond and our spirit, it's unbreakable," he stated.
Forty-year-old Jason — who is best known for his party anthem songs "Burnin' It Down," "My Kinda Party" and "Just Gettin' Started" — was performing at the concert held on the Las Vegas strip on Sunday, Oct. 1, when a gunman began his reign of terror just after 10 p.m.
Jason's choice of song was also in honor of Tom Petty, who passed away on Oct. 2 after a cardiac arrest.
Watch the emotional performance below.
His wife, Brittany Aldean, who is pregnant with Jason's son, has already spoken out against the horrible violence.
"When the gunfire started, I was not with Jason," she explained, "but with some friends in a tent closer to Mandalay Bay [the hotel where the shooter committed his acts of carnage].
"As you can imagine, my first instinct was to run to him and his was the same."
She added, "May God be with their families and friends during this horrendous time. Each and every one of you are and will forever be in our prayers."