Taking a stand. Stars including Jesse Tyler Ferguson and La Toya Jackson took to social media to praise Kesha following her powerful performance of "Praying" at the Grammy Awards 2018 on Sunday, January 28. She was noticeably emotional while performing the song tonight, and rightfully so. She was not nominated in major categories and came up short for the two pop prizes for which she was in the running.
Kesha, who became pop's symbol of the fight against sexual assault when she accused her longtime producer Dr. Luke of years of abuse, sang her ballad "Praying".
Though the Me Too movement and "Time's Up" campaign have taken hold in Hollywood, the initiative dedicated to confronting abuse and gender inequity hasn't caught on in the same way in the music industry.
Kesha embraced them in a bear hug as she finished. During her appearance, we see countless types of women behind her: young and old, Black, white, and Latina.
Released in July of last year, "Praying" was Kesha's first single in four years, and her first release since the start of her legal battle with Dr. Luke.
Where many Grammy songs performed months after their initial release seem exhausted, Kesha's voice was packed with emotion, as if it were the first time she sang "Praying". The producer has denied the singer's allegations.
That award belonged to Kesha. "It felt like an emotional raw victory for myself, one step closer to healing", Kesha said of writing the song.
Kesha took the stage at Madison Square Garden flanked by a throng of strong, notable female performers; the likes of which included Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Bebe Rexha, and Andra Day, among others. "I never could have known what would've happened these past few years", she wrote on Twitter.