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Demi Lovato opens up about emotional journey behind new song "Anyone" to be performed at GRAMMYs


In a new interview with Beats 1's Zane Lowe, Demi Lovato has opened up about recording vocals for "Anyone," a new song to be debuted at Sunday's 62nd GRAMMY Awards ceremony, four days before overdosing on fentanyl-laced Oxycodone on July 24, 2018.

"I almost listen back and hear these lyrics as a cry for help," Lovato says of the song. "And you kind of listen back to it, and you kind of think, how did nobody listen to this song and think, 'Let's help this girl.' You know what I'm saying?

"I remember being in the hospital and listening to this song. It had been a week after I'd been in the hospital, and I was finally awake, and I 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.'"

"Anyone" was recorded in Montana, during a "vocal-cutting camp" for what at the time was planned as the followup to 2017's Tell Me You Love Me, and Lovato had to fight her perfectionist instinct to rerecord it later on. "I didn't spend a lot of time perfecting it [at the time]," she says. "I wanted to keep it very raw, and we did, and then as time went on and we realized how magical capturing that vocal [was]."

• Following the overdose, Lovato felt more supported by people she hadn't known beforehand than those in her existing circle: "Had I had all of those people in my life already, I probably wouldn't have ended up where I did. The help that I got was from people I had met at new treatment centers, new doctors."

• When asked whether she's prepared for the reactions, good and bad, to her return to the GRAMMYs stage (as well as singing the national anthem at Super Bowl LIV a week later), Lovato says that she's adjusted her social media settings so that she does not receive comment or tag notifications. She's also discussed post-performance "crashes" she may experience with her team and how to navigate them safely.

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