Watch Demi Lovato Crush a Ray Charles Tribute at the White House
By Rachel McRady
Fresh off her buzzed-about GRAMMY performance and
emotion-packed “Stone Cold” music video, Demi Lovato continued her slay-a-thon
(slay-cation?) on Wednesday, performing at the White House as a part of a
special tribute event in honor of the late Ray Charles.
The “Confident” songstress lent her powerhouse vocals to several Charles covers, including “You Don’t Know Me,” “Heaven Help Us All” and “What’d I Say.”
Clad in a long-sleeve lace minidress, Lovato gave an impressive solo performance of “You Don’t Know Me,” which was filled with her signature belts and riffs. Other stars honoring the legendary Charles, who died in 2004, included Usher, The Band Perry, Leon Bridges, Jussie Smollett, Yolanda Adams, Andra Day and Brittany Howard. The show will air on Friday on PBS.
In the event’s finale, President Barack Obama got on stage, singing along with the musicians.
This certainly isn’t the first time the Disney alum has wowed with a timeless cover.
Earlier this month, she dominated on Lionel Richie’s “Hello” at the GRAMMY Awards, paying tribute to the R&B singer in a headline-making performance.
In addition to her recent covers, Lovato has also been promoting her new album, Confident, which was released this past fall. On Tuesday, she debuted the raw and chilling music video for her latest single, “Stone Cold.”
“It was actually the hardest video I've ever shot,” Lovato exclusively told ET. “One, because emotionally it's difficult, but two, at one point, I'm in the snow and it's up to my waist -- that's literally how deep the snow was -- so when you have like three pairs of leggings and you're in the snow, and it's not snow pants, I wrung my pants afterwards. It was just soaking wet because I had been in the snow for so long."