Pop star Demi Lovato brings ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ and more to the Iowa State Fair Grandstand

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By Isaac Hamlet, Des Moines Register

Demi Lovato will make sure fans can stay cool for the summer with a performance at this year’s Iowa State Fair.

Lovato, who became a household name as a teen star on Disney Channel in movies like “Camp Rock” and shows such as “Sonny with a Chance,” will make their Grandstand appearance at the Iowa State Fair at 8 p.m. on Aug. 14.

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Since those Disney Channel days, Lovato has made a name as a pop star, releasing hits like “Give Your Heart a Break” and “Sorry Not Sorry.” Even as their focus moved to musical performance, however, Lovato has also continued to act on occasion, appearing on TV shows including “Will & Grace” and “Smurfs: The Lost Village.”

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Lovato’s latest studio album, “Dancing with the Devil… the Art of Starting Over,” was released in April 2021 alongside a documentary, “Dancing With the Devil,” which spoke to the artist’s recovery from a 2018 overdose that brought them near-death after three strokes and a heart attack.

The artist has performed in Iowa before, notably in 2016 when visting Iowa City with then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, drawing a crowd of 1,700 to the University of Iowa’s Iowa Memorial Union.

Tickets for Lavato’s State Fair performance range from $35 to $65 and are available through iowastatefair.org starting at 10 a.m. this Friday.

Isaac Hamlet covers arts, entertainment and culture at the Des Moines Register. Reach him at [email protected] or 319-600-2124, or follow him on Twitter @IsaacHamlet.

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