Grammys 2020: Demi Lovato Breaks Down During Emotional Performance
Taking the stage at the 62nd Grammy Awards for the first time since her near-fatal overdose in July 2018, Demi Lovato brought the house down with an emotional performance.
Performing her track "Anyone" while draped in an extravagant white gown, the singer was forced to start over as she became overcome with emotion, before continuing on as tears streamed down her face as the crowd cheered her on.
The raw performance earned the 27-year-old a standing ovation from the star-studded crowd, while fans at home commended the star on her bravery and vulnerability as some labelled the show-stopping performance as the best in her career.
Speaking to Zane Lowe last week, Lovato revealed that the lyrics to the track were almost a cry for help, prior to her July 2018 overdose in her Hollywood Hills home.
"I remember being in the hospital and listening to the song and it was about a week after I had been in the hospital and I was finally like awake, and I just remember hearing back the songs I had just recorded and thinking, 'If there's ever a moment where I get to come back from this, I want to sing this song,'" she explained to the host during the interview.
Other powerful performances during what became a highly emotional evening including Ariana Grande singing "Imagine", a song believed to be about her late ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller.
She then followed it up with the 'Sound of Music' classic "My Favourite Things" before launching into her 2019 smash that sampled the Rodgers and Hammerstein tune, "7 Rings".
Meanwhile, this year's host Alicia Keys opened the awards show with a touching tribute to the late Kobe Bryant, acknowledging the impact the NBA great had on those in attendance, as well as the Staples Centre -- where the Grammy's were being held.
"We're all feeling crazy sadness right now because earlier today, Los Angeles, America, and the whole wide world lost a hero," she said following Lizzo's opening performance. "And we're literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built."
Keys continued, "Right now, Kobe and his daughter Gianna and all of those that have been tragically lost today are in our spirit, in our hearts, in our prayers, they're in this building and I would like to ask everybody to take a moment and just hold them inside of you and share our strength and our support with their families."
She then performed an acapella rendition of the song "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye" by Boyz II Men, who also joined her on stage.