Demi Lovato made an emotional and powerful comeback to the public when she performed at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards 2020. She set the stage on fire with her strong presence, vocals, and raw emotions as she debuted her new song after a long hiatus of almost two years. In fact, she is all set to sing the national anthem at the SuperBowl next week. Her performance won hearts- ours being just a few of many!
Demi Lovato through the years
To understand what makes Demi Lovato’s Grammys 2020 performance so special- we need to know her story. Demi had started her career as a child in ‘Barney & Friends’. She soon became a Disney Child Star playing the role of Charlotte Adams on the Disney Channel series ‘As the Bell Rings.’
In an interview with Ellen Degeneres, Demi Lovato shared that she was bullied severely when growing up; to the extent that she wanted to get home-schooled. Lovato had suffered from serious eating disorders and began self-harm to cope with depression.
Growing up, she landed bigger roles in Disney such as ‘Sonnie With A Chance’ and ‘Camp Rock’ and later ‘Princess Protection Programme’.
She also made a mark as a music artist when her debut album ‘Don’t Forget’ released in 2008 and debuted at number 2 on the Billboard Top 200. In 2012, she released another album, ‘Unbroken.’ And by 2017, she had released her sixth studio album ‘Tell Me You Love Me’.
Demi Lovato acknowledged that she had problems due to bulimia, self-injury, and self-medication using drugs and alcohol.
In 2018, Lovato was rushed to the hospital when she overdosed caused by relapse after 6 years of sobriety.
Her emotional comeback at the Grammys 2020
Finally, Demi Lovato was seen on stage again. And this time she moved everyone to tears as she sang her heart out. Wearing a beautiful white gown, assisted by only a pianist; her vocals were enough to create the magic.
As she started performing shakily, she had to start again; wiping a tear that ran down her face. The song spoke her heart out, her real emotions and the struggles she had gone through. In fact, she had written it four days before her 2018 rehab.
Here she mentions how she relied on alcohol and the pain she dealt with.
I tried to talk to my piano
I tried to talk to my guitar
Talk to my imagination
Confided into alcohol
I tried and tried and tried some more
Told secrets ’til my voice was sore
Tired of empty conversation
‘Cause no one hears me anymore
The performances got even more heartwrenching as she sang the following while crying her heart out on stage:
I feel stupid when I pray
So, why am I praying anyway?
If nobody’s listening
Anyone, please send me anyone
Lord, is there anyone?
I need someone
The song is without a doubt beautiful and tragic, but Demi Lovato turned it into something unforgettable. You can hear and feel the tragedy, pain, and suffering in her voice.
In fact, everyone was so moved that they all showed so much love to her and this performance. She received a well-deserved standing ovation from the audience when it ended.
Singer Selena Gomez encouraged her and appreciated her by posting a snap from the Grammys 2020 performance. She wrote:
Many fans also tweeted to appreciate for the strength she showed in making this comeback:
This was more than a performance. This was a demonstration of the pain and suffering someone going through a relapse goes through. This was Demi Lovato telling us what she was trying to tell the world, and no one was listening #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/HsGuSH4qsj
— َ (@anyoneslovato) January 27, 2020
Demi Lovato debut performs her emotional ballad Anyone on the Grammy stage, this song was written days before her tragic OD. She promised herself it would be the first song she sang if she was able to return. Demi is so powerful #Grammys pic.twitter.com/rSxKuEBDpG
— mariam (@iownlovato) January 27, 2020
We love you, Demi Lovato! And we’re so proud of you for coming through like a true warrior.