Following an introduction from Greta Gerwig, Lovato appeared beneath a spotlight in a long white dress. Overcome with emotion, it took two attempts, but Lovato eventually powered through and introduced the world to an emotional — and deeply personal — ballad “Anyone.”
“The lyrics took on a totally different meaning [after everything happened],” Lovato said in a recent interview with Apple Music. “I listen back to these lyrics almost as a cry for help. … I think I was recording it in a state of mine where I thought I was OK — but clearly I wasn’t.”
As for how she felt leading up to Sunday’s performance, Lovato admitted, “It’s taken me a long time to even get this far, which is performing a song that’s so vulnerable to me on a stage in front of all of my peers and co-workers and people I look up to. It’s nerve-wracking to think about, but at the same time, I’m grateful I have this opportunity.”
Though Lovato wasn’t nominated for any Grammys this time around, she has received two nominations in years past. Confident was up for Best Pop Vocal Album in 2017 and “Fall in Line” was up for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance in 2019. She shared the latter with collaborator Christina Aguilera.
Along with Lovato, this year’s other high-profile Grammy performers included Aerosmith and Run-DMC, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, Bonnie Raitt, Camila Cabello, H.E.R., Jonas Brothers, Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Rosalia, and more.
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