Concerts

Demi Lovato Live at BB&T Center: "I've Been Through a Lot"

Demi Lovato

BB&T Center

February 25

Better than: Watching Camp Rock?

On the surface of things, Demi Lovato's story is predictable, something we've heard before. Former Disney Channel darling ditches the script and becomes a badass bitch or whatever, something à la Miley. But digging back to her beginnings as a songwriter, it seems she's always marketed herself as the "different" one, with lines like: "Who said I can't wear my Converse with my dress/Well, baby, that's just me!" back in 2008. No one's saying that, Demi. This is the 21st Century. There are worse things. It's OK. Go ahead.

In fact, it's because she exists in that weird space -- being "mainstream" but not mainstream -- that's allowed her to flourish throughout the years despite some pretty rough patches along the way.

See also: Demi Lovato at BB&T Center (Slideshow)

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Rebecca Bulnes