Demi Lo­vato

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Many who caught Demi Lo­vato’s Jin­gle Ball per­for­mance at the BB&T Cen­ter in De­cem­ber came away con­vinced that she was on the edge of a new level of star­dom. In a lineup that in­cluded such pop-chart fix­tures as Camila Ca­bello, Fifth Har­mony, Nick Jonas, Char­lie Puth, Logic and Halsey, it was Lo­vato who left the deep­est im­pres­sion. As­signed the prime slot to close the con­cert, Lo­vato cruised through her set like a fine-tuned Fer­rari, smooth through the curves of such hits as “Con­fi­dent,” “Cool for Sum­mer,” “Prom­ise Me No Prom­ises” and the ti­tle track from her lat­est al­bum, “Tell Me You Love Me.” Lo­vato then shifted into hy­per­drive on a breath­tak­ing ver­sion of the soar­ing “Sorry Not Sorry,” and she was gone. Along with the tal­ent is a story that makes Lo­vato, 25, some­one to root for. As she re­vealed with ad­mirable can­dor in the doc­u­men­tary “Sim­ply Com­pli­cated,” the road from Dis­ney Chan­nel star to the pop charts has in­cluded de­tours into drug and al­co­hol abuse, eat­ing dis­or­ders and a fam­ily his­tory of men­tal ill­ness. Per­haps it was this dif­fi­cult his­tory that en­cour­aged her to reach out to stu­dents at Mar­jory Stone­man Dou­glas High School, even­tu­ally host­ing six MSD stu­dents at her tour-opening per­for­mance in San Diego less than two weeks af­ter the shoot­ing. The tour with DJ Khaled and Kehlani stops at Amer­i­canAir­lines Arena in Mi­ami to­day. In an in­ter­view with Bill­board magazine, Lo­vato said she wants more gun-con­trol leg­is­la­tion. “There’s way too many shoot­ings hap­pen­ing in this coun­try," she said. “There are cer­tain pop stars who don’t speak out po­lit­i­cally, and they have more fans. But I’d rather speak up for the things I be­lieve in than just be dis­mis­sive of the is­sues go­ing on in our coun­try.” Last week­end, the young or­ga­niz­ers of the March for Our Lives protest re­cip­ro­cated, invit­ing Lo­vato to per­form in front of their mas­sive Wash­ing­ton, D.C., au­di­ence along with Boca Ra­ton na­tive Ari­ana Grande, Jen­nifer Hud­son and Miley Cyrus. For her part of the per­for­mance, Lo­vato did not lean on a handy hit, in­stead reach­ing back for the 2011 song “Skyscraper,” singing: “Go on and try to tear me down / I will be rising from the ground / Like a skyscraper.” She ended the em­pow­er­ing sing-along with an “MSD Strong.” When: 7:30 p.m. to­day Where: Amer­i­canAir­lines Arena, 601 Bis­cayne Blvd., Mi­ami Cost: $25.95-$495.95 Con­tact: LiveNa­tion.com

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