In 2018, Demi Lovato collapsed and was taken to a hospital for a drug overdose. This week, the American singer performed for the first time since her overdose, at the 2020 Grammys. She choked up right after starting her performance and had to restart. She received a standing ovation from many and applause from all members of the audience.
WHAT WAS DEMI LOVATO’S PERFORMANCE ABOUT?
She performed a new song called “Anyone”. Her performance, as expected from Lovato, was emotional and powerful. The song goes as follows:
“I tried to talk to my piano, / I tried to talk to my guitar. / Talked 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…Anyone, please send me anyone. / Lord, is there anyone? / I need someone. / Anyone, please send me anyone. / Lord, is there anyone? / I need someone.”
Shortly after the performance, Demi took to Instagram to thank her fans for their support.
“What an unbelievable night. My first time back on stage in almost 2 years. So emotional for me. Thank you all for the love, support and for sharing this moment with me. I love you all.”
Zane Lowe recently interviewed Lovato for Apple Music. In that interview, she revealed that she wrote this song just days before her overdose in 2018. She said “I wish I could go back in time and help that version of myself. I listen back to these lyrics and I hear it as a cry for help.”
WHEN DID DEMI LOVATO OVERDOSE?
Demi has been fairly open with her battle with addiction. She spent nearly 3 weeks in the hospital after an overdose (alleged at the time) in July 2018 and confirmed the news in August. She wrote on Instagram:
“I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction. What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet.”
She continued, “I want to thank God for keeping me alive and well. To my fans, I am forever grateful for all of your love and support throughout this past week and beyond. Your positive thoughts and prayers have helped me navigate through this difficult time. I want to thank my family, my team, and the staff at Cedars-Sinai who have been by my side this entire time. Without them, I wouldn’t be here writing this letter to all of you. I now need time to heal and focus on my sobriety and road to recovery. The love you have all shown me will never be forgotten and I look forward to the day where I can say I came out on the other side. I will keep fighting.”