Demi Lovato Talks About Her Road to Stardom in Billboard Artist Pass

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Demi Lovato performs during Day One of 2017 Billboard Hot 100 Festival at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater on Aug. 19, 2017 in Wantagh City. 

Demi Lovato brought Billboard backstage at our Hot 100 Festival at Jones Beach in August for our Snapchat Artist Pass video series. The pop star gave us a glimpse of her pre-show routines and the impact her fanbase has on her. 

Lovato recently rose in the Social 50 chart at No. 3 and has a new album Tell Me You Love Me coming out on Sept. 29. Since leaving behind her Disney Channel days, her career has continued to grow tremendously, becoming one of the most consistent pop stars of this generation.

Lovato recognizes that the road to stardom hasn’t been easily, but it is well-deserved after years of hard work. She said, “You work so hard for so long and success definitely doesn’t happen overnight. For me, it took time, and when Camp Rock came out, that was kind of an overnight situation -- but I'd been working on it for years.”  

Hearing her fans speak about how much she means to them, it’s easy to see how she has accumulated such a large following. One of her fans gleefully mentioned that he has seen Demi Lovato perform 17 times, and dreams of meeting her. Other fans echo the same sentiment of appreciation and admiration. “She’s my inspiration. She helped me through so much. Her songs tell my story, honestly,” said a young fan.

Lovato has dedicated her career to being as open and honest as possible with her fans without letting her celebrity status impede her approachability and relatability. She acknowledges the importance of this, saying “I always want people to be able to relate to my music. I always write about personal experiences and I write them from the heart so that somebody can relate and hopefully it’ll inspire somebody to either get through a heartache or pursue whatever it is that they want to pursue.”  


Watch the full Artist Pass video on Snapchat Discover to learn more about Demi Lovato’s pre-show rituals and her story on how she ended up living her dream.