Kesha's wrenching performance of "Praying" at the 2018 Grammys
- Author: Theresa Obrien Jan 29, 2018,
Jan 29, 2018, 9:08
Two hours into the 2018 Grammys, the singer took the stage flanked by an all-star lineup of female singers - including Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, and Julia Michaels - to sing her scorched-earth ballad "Praying".
"It's not just going on in Hollywood, or in Washington, it's right here in our industry as well", she went on. While it's hard to know whether the Grammys are being earnest or just co-opting a movement for their own purposes, what's clear is that Kesha gave a powerful, defiant performance, one that feels like a deserved moment for the singer.
It wasn't until a year ago that Kesha was able to release her third album "Rainbow" featuring the powerful single "Praying", detailing her recent struggles.
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"'After everything you've done I can thank you for how strong I have become, '" she wrote, quoting her song.
"Praying" served as a moment of victory for Kesha, who has been involved in a years-long legal battle against her producer Dr. Luke, who she accused of drugging and raping her, as well as physically, verbally, and emotionally abusing her.
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"We come in peace, but we mean business", she said, while donning a Time's Up pin.
Dr. Luke denied all allegations and countersued her for defamation. "It's also about hoping everyone, even someone who hurt you, can heal".
Earlier in the night, P!nk similarly put on an empowering performance of her single "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken", wearing a simple white top and jeans. Many celebs wore white roses on the red carpet to show support for the Time's Up movement, and Kendrick Lamar kicked off the show with a politically charged opening number featuring U2 and Dave Chappelle.
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Trailing 4-1 in the second set, the world No 58 sent for the trainer and took a medical time-out to have treatment on the blister. Just two players have beaten both of the modern-day giants on the way to a grand slam crown. "It was the weirdest thing".
That award belonged to Kesha.