“Winning a Grammy is the pinnacle of success as an artist in the music industry,” she once told the Recording Academy. “So, to me, it would just be all of my dreams coming true.”
Lovato made her Grammys debut in 2016, when she performed a group tribute to Lionel Richie. She then earned her first nomination in 2017 for Confident, which was up for Best Pop Vocal Album. However, Adele ended up taking home the trophy for 25.
“Of course, everyone in the category was amazing,” Lovato told Ellen DeGeneres, “but even my mom was like, ‘You know that Adele is going to win this.'”
“I got a Grammy nomination, and I felt like it was God’s way of saying, ‘You’re on the right path. Stay strong at what you do and work hard,'” she told Official Charts. “I’d [gotten] fed up with the media twisting my words and making me sound a certain way. When I got the Grammy nomination, it changed things for me.”
“Woke up filled with hope,” Lovato tweeted after learning of her nod. “Dreams come true y’all… thank you @xtina. I love you so much.”
Part of the dream came from sharing the acknowledgement with one of her idols.
“I grew up in Texas, singing to @xtina every day, DESPERATELY trying to hit her high notes,” Lovato tweeted. “If you would’ve told me I’d have a Grammy nod with her I would’ve laughed in your face!! This is so surreal.”
Or, perhaps, the dream stemmed from the fact that Lovato had just survived a struggle of her own.
“We got there as quickly as we could,” her mother, Dianna de la Garza told Newsmax TV. “Dallas and Madison and I jumped out of the car at the emergency room and ran into the emergency room to be by her side. She just didn’t look good—at all. She was in bad shape. But I said to her, ‘Demi, I’m here. I love you.’ And at that point she said back to me, ‘I love you, too.'”
“I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction,” she wrote in part of her statement on Instagram. “What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet.”
After leaving the hospital, Lovato attended rehab and reportedly spent time at both a treatment center and a sober living facility. She also remained committed to her recovery. An eyewitness previously told E! News Lovato was spotted attending meetings and therapy sessions, and another source said she’s been exercising, eating right and adopting a “whole different mindset.”
“It’s going to be a lifelong commitment and her treatment will not end because she is out of rehab,” another source said.
And just like in “Fall in Line,” Lovato can count on the support of other women to help her get through this tough time. During a recent interview with The Associated Press, Aguilera described Lovato as someone who knows how to “be strong and pull through.”
“Everybody has their own things they go through,” Aguilera said, “and I’m just so proud of her and I just think she is so adorable and such a talent.”
Watch E! this Sunday starting at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT for our Live From the Red Carpet 2019 Grammy Awards coverage! After the ceremony, tune in to E!’s After Party: The 2019 Grammy Awards special at 11:30 p.m. And don’t miss E! News on Monday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. for a recap of music’s biggest night.