Between the Olympics, One Direction’s epic US tour and announcement of their new album, the endless stream of amazing “Call Me Maybe” covers that hit the Internet, and news of Demi Lovato’s new “X Factor” gig, it’s been a pretty awesome summer for pop culture. And even though school is now back in full swing, there’s still one last big event — the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards — to look forward to as a final farewell to the season.
This Thursday, some of our favorite musical acts and celebs will take the stage as hosts, presenters, performers and honorees at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards. So far, seven stars are slated to perform — and with this year’s killer lineup, we can’t wait to see who steals the show.
Teen Choice Awards host Demi Lovato will be performing “Give Your Heart A Break” at the pre-show. Her fellow VMA veteran Taylor Swift will perform a new track from her upcoming album, Red.
Recently, Taylor opened up about her pre-performance jitters.
“The thing about the VMAs is, the people that help put together the performances are honestly some of the best people you have ever worked with and they put together these huge, vast, massively entertaining performances,” she told MTV News. “You have to make sure that you are ready to go onstage and face the entire world of music fans that are watching that show.”
Although Taylor and Demi are no strangers to the Video Music Awards, One Direction — who returned stateside yesterday to get ready for the show — will take the stage as first-timers.
Headlining performances by Pink and Rihanna will also keep the energy high during the show, while controversial rapper Frank Ocean and alt-rock classics Green Day will add an edge to the otherwise pop-heavy lineup.
I had the privilege to attend Demi Lovato’s concert in San Jose, CA with two of my friends. I was blown away once again how she can put on an incredible show. I enjoyed every minute of it. It was good to see her as the happy, healthy, and bubbly Demi once again! According to Demi Lovato, we have been her best crowd ever on this tour. I must say, the crowd was loud (then again, the last time Demi Lovato has been in the Bay Area was 2 years ago, so we were all stoked to see her back here). She performed “American Honey” by Lady Antebellum for the first time. Below are videos my friend took with her camera since I couldn’t record on mine. Also are my photos and my friends photos from the concert.
Last night, Nick Jonas was reunited with friend, Demi Lovato on stage at her concert in Los Angeles, CA. Demi mentioned how Nick Jonas was one of her greatest friends she ever had (AWW. NEMI!). They performed “Catch Me/Don’t Forget” together. Below are HD videos of that performance and also another video where Nick was on the side of the stage air drumming and singing along to “La La Land”. Good to see them two together again! Friends forever!
What a special night being able to sing with my friend @ddlovato once again.
— Nick Jonas(@nickjonas) July 19, 2012
The atmosphere at Comerica Theatre on Friday, July 13, felt a lot like a high-school pep rally. The audience — mostly tween girls, a few boys and their parents/chaperones — spent the time before pop singer Demi Lovato took the stage chanting her name and performing the wave. It’s a level of enthusiasm you rarely see at most concerts, but given the age of the crowd, it seemed fitting.
Given the fact that Demi Lovato got her start as the star of the Disney film “Camp Rock” and then starred in her Disney show “Sonny with a Chance,” the demographics of the audience make sense. Disney is known for producing sure things when it comes to singers and musicians who can connect with tween audience such as Miley Cirus and the Jonas Brothers, and Lovato is no different.
Lovato took to the stage, not surprisingly, to a chorus of screams from the audience, which only got louder when the singer launched into her first song of the night, “All Night Long.” For the most part, Lovato focused on songs from her album “Unbroken” but included a few tracks from previous records within the set.
Songs like “Got Dynamite” and “Hold Up” set the tone for the early part of her set — energetic, fast-paced pop songs that were crowd pleasers and got the audience on their feet and singing along.
Lovato slowed things down a bit with the song “Catch Me,” which she performed mostly acoustic for the first part of the song. The song helped display that Lovato’s range not only as a singer but as a musician as well.
The singer keep things mellow for a bit with the songs “Fix A Heart,” “My Love Is Like A Star,” and a cover of Lil Wayne’s “How to Love.”
A piano was rolled on stage for the song “Skyscraper” but Lovato addressed the audience before playing. “I think a lot of people know I’ve had a rough couple of years,” she said. She was, of course, referring to her time spent in a rehab facility for an eating disorder and self-harming. To her credit, though, Lovato has made a strong comeback from her difficulties and has turned the song “Skyscraper” into her signature song.
Before things could become too much of a bummer, Lovato picked the pace with some lighter songs like a cover of Chris Brown’s “Turn Up the Music” and the song “Together.” Lovato closed out her set with a two-song encore featuring the songs “Unbroken” and “Give Your Heart A Break.”
Opening up the show were Nashville pop-rockers Hot Chelle Rae, who fit in nicely with Lovato and received a good reaction from the crowd.
They played some of their bigger hits during a 40-minute set, including “Beautiful Freaks.” The song that the crowd was most excited to hear, however, was their biggest hit so far, “Tonight Tonight.” They spiced things up a bit during the performance of that song by including the theme song from “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” The audience even sang along and seemed to know all the words, a fact that is surprising considering that most in the audience weren’t even born yet when the show was on.
Demi Lovato Setlist
All Night Long
My Love Is Like A Star
Fix A Heart
How To Love (‘Lil Wayne cover)
Who’s That Boy
You’re My Only Shorty
Here We Go Again
La La Land
Turn Up The Music (Chris Brown cover)
Give Your Heart A Break
Review » Lovato overcomes personal struggles to connect with Utah audience.
By David Burger | The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Jul 12 2012 11:01 pm • Last Updated Jul 13 2012 08:43 am
Demi Lovato and Britney Spears will replace Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger as judges in the second season of the FOX singing competition, “The X-Factor,” airing this fall.
Although she is only 19, Lovato proved Thursday night at EnergySolutions Arena that she is a good judge of her own talent, knowing how to perform and work a crowd into a frenzy.
Simply put, Lovato showed that at times she had the X factor.
Lovato is often dismissed as yet another teen-aged flavor-of-the-month rolling off the assembly line, destined to follow in the forgotten footsteps of Tiffany and Debbie Gibson. And when Lovato dropped out of a tour in late 2010 to enter rehab for an eating disorder and cutting herself, it seemed as if her career was as good as over, with much of her appeal until then being squeaky clean.
But Lovato completed the treatment, and late last year she released her third and best album, “Unbroken,” and showed that she was able to make the difficult step from teen queen to an artist with the potential of a long-lasting career — much like Spears. Two of Lovato’s songs from the past year — “Skyscraper” and “Give Your Heart a Break” — have become top-20 hits.
Wearing a black bustier, black leather jacket, black stockings and black mini-skirt, Lovato demonstrated over the course of a 90-minute, 18-song set that she has one of the most soulful and emotive voices in the pop world — something that separates her from her peers.
Along with an amiable personality that endeared herself to the thousands of pre-teens and teens, Lovato also showed that she is a musician, wielding both an acoustic and electric guitar as well as illustrating her skills on the piano. She has a hand in co-writing some of her songs, which can prove that she isn’t resigned to letting others fashion her into a pre-set mold.
Much of her material was firmly from the girl-power corner, with generally trite messages of not letting broken hearts get you down and how to get up when others have pushed you down. But considering that Lovato has endured a humiliating crucible over the past 18 months, songs such as “Skyscraper” and “Unbroken” carried a special resonance. She seemed invested in the songs.
With a spare set consisting largely of lit drapery, Lovato avoided the pitfalls of many pop artists by having a real band (bass, guitar. keyboards and drums) behind her, providing a rhythmic power-pop sound instead of synth-generated backing. She knew the power of dynamics, with a set that showcased slower ballads as well as upbeat covers of Lil Wayne and Chris Brown.
Lovato is still a young singer, so she had a tendency to over-sing songs like another singing-show judge, Christina Aguilera. And while I realize I am not her target audience, adults can find the Pollyanna sentiments grating and too pat after a while.
Due to the GMA Concert Series on July 6th, her concert date at Camden, NJ (Susquehanna Bank Center) has been moved to August 12th. Here is the information posted on her twitter.
ddlovato – It’s true, but I hope to see you all August 12th! RT @LiveNationPhila July 6 show at SBC rescheduled due to scheduling conflict.
LiveNationPhila – @ddlovato July 6 show at SBC rescheduled for August 12 due to scheduling conflict. All tix honored for new date. See ya there!
Demi Lovato’s Facebook – Hey Lovatics! Demi had to reschedule her July 6 concert at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ due to a scheduling conflict. Don’t worry! It’s been rescheduled to August 12. Tix to the July 6 concert will be honored, no ticket exchange is necessary. Can’t attend in August? Your refund will be available at point of purchase.