Why Kesha's Grammys Performance Is So Important
It was a "raw victory" for her and every woman who's had to say #metoo.
At the 60th Grammy Awards, Kesha performed "Praying" off her album Rainbow, which was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album of the year. The performance was an emotional one for the singer, who wrote the song during her ongoing battle with former producer Dr. Luke over sexual assault allegations.
Ahead of the Grammys, Kesha shared how singing this song will be a healing moment for her and how she hopes it helps bring peace to other survivors of abuse and sexual assault. "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," she said on Twitter. "It felt like an emotional raw victory for myself, one step closer to healing. I never could have known what would've happened these past few years."
To honor the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements, the Resistance Revival Chorus joined Kesha on stage. The group was established just six months after the iconic Women's March in 2017 and describe themselves as "a collective of more than 60 women who come together to sing protest songs in the spirit of collective joy and resistance." A powerhouse group of female artists including Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Bebe Rexha, Andra Day, and Julia Michaels also joined Kesha on stage.
"I just want to say that I needed this song in a very real way, I'm so proud and nervous and overwhelmed to be performing it...and if you need it I hope this song finds you," she added.