Kesha Delivered A Very Powerful Performance At The 60th Grammy Awards
Kesha delivered a very powerful performance on the Grammys last night of her Grammy nominated song, “Praying”. The performance was extremely important especially in the political climate we find ourselves in at the moment as women.
She was held hostage from recording new music for years by her producer, Dr. Luke, whom she refused to work with after she accused him of sexual assault and abuse in 2014. She filed an injunction that would allow her to record new music not under Sony Music and Dr. Luke. Her injunction was denied. This launched the #FreeKesha Movement that trended during her trial against Dr. Luke beginning in late 2013, throughout the trial, and beyond. It consisted of fans and supporters trying to raise money to buy her out of her contract with Sony. Kesha’s abuse claims were dismissed.
Working with Kemosabe Records (a subsidiary of Sony Music, though not directly associated with Dr. Luke), Kesha arrived with a beautiful album, “Rainbow” at this year’s Grammy Awards. Now in 2018, society looks at Kesha with new vision in light of Time’s Up and the #MeToo Movement. Last night, Kesha delivered an emotional performance of “Praying” with some of the strong women of the music industry standing beside her in solidarity and providing backup vocals and literal support. The women included including Cyndi Lauper, Andra Day, Camilla Cabello, Bebe Rexha, and many more.
“Praying” lost it’s category of “Best Pop Solo Performance” to Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You”. “Rainbow” also lost to Ed Sheeran in the “Best Pop Vocal Album” category. Though this was not a win for Kesha’s song, it is a win for women of the industry.
Women are now refusing to be silent and the industry has no choice but to take notice. See the heart wrenching performance here.