Demi Lovato Is Celebuzz’s 2011 Woman of the Year!

By: Mike Hess / December 19, 2011

Demi Stuns at VMAs
Demi Lovato wows on the 2011 VMAs red carpet.
Demi and SelGo!
The two teen queen BFFs at TCAs!
Over the past year, a myriad of celebrities have been riding high thanks to their talent, personalities and good deeds. A hefty amount of consideration to even narrow a category like Woman of the Year down to a final few candidates was absolutely necessary given the sheer amount of celebrities doing great things both on screen and in real life. One, however, stood out as a star that has gone far and beyond expectations both professionally and personally this year, and that person is Demi Lovato.

Back during the first days of January, Demi’s year ahead was entirely up in the air, and things could have gone either way. Having just left a treatment facility for eating disorders and opening up about being bullied in her past, Demi’s entry back into the spotlight after two months away raised a lot of question marks. Could she handle the pressure Hollywood tends to put on today’s young stars? Would there be too many distractions? Was she really ready? As it turns out, yes, yes and yes.

While some stars who are forced to deal with their demons tend to go into a form of celebrity solitary — blocking out the media and their fans entirely while trying to work on themselves — Demi used both mediums to her advantage. Her fans were an absolute essential part of her recovery, a notion she made clear during her first public statement after treatment:

“I can’t tell you how much light you guys brought into my life in probably the darkest time in my life. Without you guys, I wouldn’t be here today … I can’t wait to see you in person and thank you guys individually. I love all of you and I couldn’t have done this without you.”

It was that honesty and bright-eyed thankfulness that helped Demi stay focused on her recovery — and turn the worst time in her life into one of optimism and responsibility. Not only did she work on her own issues, but she became a spokeswoman aiming to help teens and anyone else who might also face the same woes she was dealing with. Gone was the notion of selfish celebrity, and here was a woman looking to use her negatives to help turn the lives of others around.

With her own life in order and a new set of priorities motivating her, now it was time for Demi to turn to music so she could channel all of the pent up emotions accumulated over the previous months. The product of it all turned out to be well worth the wait, as Demi released the soaring hit single “Skyscraper” — a metaphor for Lovato’s struggles and triumphs that she had just recently faced. Not only was it an autobiographical tune, it also served as a motivational tool thanks to lyrics like:

“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 to tear me down / I will be rising from the ground /  Like a skyscraper!”

 

With “Skyscraper” becoming a number one hit on iTunes and a smash hit on other charts (and garnering nearly 40 million views on YouTube), it was clear that Demi not only hadn’t lost a step, but that her newfound confidence would only serve to make her a better singer and person. That carried through the rest of the year as well — and we can’t wait to see what 2012 brings for Miss Lovato.

Cheers to you, Demi.

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