Many stars including Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, Tyra Banks, Victoria Justice, Nick Cannon, Will Ferrell, Kerry Washington, and of course, Demi Lovato came out to the Do Something Awards in LA on Aug. 14. The show was hosted by Jane Lynch from "Glee," and celebrated people under 25 who help out their community and world around them through various social activities. Some of the celebrities were receiving awards in various categories while other were presenters.
The event was full with many stars studded in glamor and beauty. Kim Kardashian dazzled in a demure, long and form fitting, white dress with silver detailing. Bieber wore a black and gold combo, with extra shimmer on the pants and shoes. However, it was reported that Demi Lovato was the star who shined the brightest when she performed her single--"Skyscraper," for the first time on stage.
"Miss @ddlovato sounded amazing!" a fan on Twitter posted. "Demi Lovato had a standing ovation at the end of her performance. The entire stadium was clapping and roaring. So proud of you @ddlovato. ♥," wrote another fan. The show will not air on television until Thursday, Aug. 18, but this performance was said to be a big deal.
Demi Lovato spent most of last year out of the limelight because personal issues.The Disney singer was reported to have been battling with her recent break-up with singer Joe Jonas, pressure from the media, and an eating disorder she had been struggling with for approximately six years. When Lovato allegedly punched a backup singer from her Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam tour, friends and family knew it was time to get the singer help.
"I was just lying to everyone. My managers, the people I was working with. I was lying about eating, and just being happy," Lovato revealed on On Air With Ryan Seacrest.
"It was affecting every area of my life. I was being cranky, I was irritable, not pleasant really to work with. I became a little brat on set, and I just had so much growing up to do," she continued.
"I just had so much going on in my head. It all just boiled up and I ended up doing things that I regret to this day...There is a lot of pressure these days. I feel like I live in a city where no woman eats."
Lovato could not be more correct. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, (ANAD), "Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness among adolescents." 81% of 10 year-olds are afraid of becoming fat. 47% of girls between 5th and 12th grade say that they want to lose weight because of photos they have seen in magazine. 69% of girls in the same group say that images in magazines have affected their idea of what a perfect body is.
And yet: "The body type portrayed in advertising as the ideal is possessed naturally by only 5% of American females," (ANAD). Pressure is in abundance. Unfortunately, body shape is only one example of "perfection" girls feel pressured to attain.
Demi Lovato's single "Skyscraper" has been an encouragement to all people. Selena Gomez even tweeted: "SO, SO proud of Demi Lovato, Skyscraper. Incredible, beautiful and so inspiring." The empowering ballad is truly moving.
Beyond the words you can sense a transparent, vulnerable, and fragile Lovato expressing her heart especially during the chorus-- "You can take everything I have/ You can break everything I am/ Like I'm made of glass, like I'm made of paper/ Go on and try and tear me down/ I will be rising from the ground like a skyscraper."
"This song is so special to me because it's inspired by my journey and the struggles that I've dealt with this past year," Lovato said in a recent interview with seventeen.com. "I hope people are able to relate to it and realize that they are able to rise above and overcome any obstacle, no matter the circumstances, and shine like a skyscraper."
Fans are very excited that Lovato has a bright outlook on life and is not allowing anything to hold her down. This motivational tune has enlivened girls everywhere. Many are happy that Lovato is becoming this spokesperson for teens who deal with eating and emotional disorders.
"I am still on a personal journey dealing with my own issues each and every day, but the best advice I can give to anyone going through a rough patch is to never be afraid to ask for help."
You can catch Demi Lovato's performance on the Do Something Awards Thursday on VH1