In what was unquestionably the most emotional act of the Grammy Awards , Kesha delivered a passion-filled Performance of her song “Praying,” which was released amid the singer’s ongoing legal battle with producer Dr. Luke, whom she has accused of drugging, raping, and verbally, physically, and emotionally abusing her.
The singer was supported onstage—both vocally, and at the end, physically, via a group hug—by the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, Bebe Rexha, and Andra Day, as well as the Resistance Revival Chorus, a collective of women who sing protest songs and have had a major presence at the annual Women’s March .
Kesha, who was nominated tonight for Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album for Rainbow , fought back tears during the performance, which, along with its cast clad in suffragette white ensembles, spotlighted recent movements like #MeToo and Time’s Up fighting against sexual harassment and gender inequality.
“When I wrote Praying, with Ben Abraham and Ryan Lewis, I just felt as if I had gotten a huge weight off of my shoulders,” Kesha tweeted yesterday.
I never could have known what would’ve happened these past few years.” Following a forced hiatus from music, Kesha’s turn in the Grammys spotlight tonight served as a strong reminder that using one’s voice is, indeed, the most powerful tool to fight oppression.
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