Demi Lovato made an incredibly moving return to public performance with the debut of her new single “Anyone,” which she wrote only days before her 2018 overdose. So overcome by emotion, Lovato had to start the song over, and the intense weight of the song was palpable in her voice throughout. It’s heartbreaking lyrics, “Nobody’s listening to me,” particularly in the context of when she wrote these words, sunk in as Lovato delivered one of the most emotional performances of the night that earned her a standing ovation. Her poise and grace under fire were unrivaled in a night full of emotional moments. Welcome back, Demi. We hope you’re here to stay.
Days before her performance, Lovato revealed to Zane Lowe on the Beats 1 show that she wrote the song just a few days before being hospitalized in July 2018. At the time, Lovato was rushed from her home in the Hollywood Hills to a Los Angeles-area hospital after paramedics found her unconscious. She was reportedly treated with Narcan, an emergency treatment for narcotics overdoses.
“This song was written and recorded actually very shortly before everything happened,” she told Lowe. “So I recorded the vocals for it four days before … The lyrics took on a totally different meaning.”