Demi Lovato Hosts the Lovato Scholarship Benefit

Courtesy of Sara Jaye via iHeartRadio
Courtesy of Sara Jaye via iHeartRadio

On Wednesday night (March 18th), Demi Lovato hosted her first annual Lovato Scholarship Benefit at the Troubadour Theatre in Los Angeles. The event was to raise funds for her Lovatic Scholarship, a scholarship that is awarded to someone struggling with mental health or addiction issues. All proceeds from the event, which was open to fans as well as celebrities, was set to benefit the scholarship. Lovato created the scholarship in honor of her father who had struggled with mental illness in his past.

The show boasted several high profile celebrity appearances as Lovato’s friends all helped the musician make a difference. Joe Jonas kept the energy up from the DJ’s booth while Christina Perri, Bea Miller, and Sirah each hopped onstage for evocative performances over the course of the night. Other celebrities in attendance included Kelly Rowland, Becky G, Khloe Kardashian, and Lance Bass.

Demi Lovato also performed several tracks onstage. She closed out the evening with a  soaring performance of her comeback single for the consummate fighter “Skyscraper” and dedicated an emotional performance of “Nightingale” to her father who passed away last year. Perez Hilton, who hosted the event, declared that “Nightingale” was Lovato’s best performance ever.

Before she began her set onstage, Demi Lovato took a moment to thank all of the guests in attendance. She explained to them that they were helping her make her dreams of helping others come true. Music showed her that it was possible to help make a difference, but as she grew and saw the impact, she realized that there were more ways to make a difference.

The event took place on the third anniversary of Lovato’s sobriety, and she candidly answered questions about her experiences overcoming her addictions in the past. One of the most touching moments of the night was when Lovato’s boyfriend, Wilmer Valderrama surprised the musician onstage during a Question and Answer with Perez Hilton. Lovato explained that her heart was breaking, because Valderrama was unable to make the event; however, as she was making the statement, he surprised her with a kiss before leading attendees through a performance of “Happy Birthday” in honor of Lovato’s three year milestone.

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