Kesha rallies Grammys in fierce anti-abuse statement


Monae, who introduced Kesha's powerful performance of "Praying", used her time onstage to call attention to the discrimination in the music industry, following Oprah Winfrey's lead at the Golden Globes earlier this month.

The women wore all white, and the performance was punctuated with tears from the singer, who sued her producer Dr. Luke (née Lukasz Gottwald), in October 2014, accusing him of sexually and emotionally abusing her. After Janelle Monae's assertive, insistent Time's Up speech, Kesha finally got the forum she was due.

Ahead of Sunday's show, Kesha said that she was "so proud and nervous and overwhelmed" to be performing. The pop singer performed "Praying" alongside Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, Andra Day and Bebe Rexha during the Grammys telecast on Sunday evening.

Dr. Luke has repeatedly denied Kesha's allegations.

Monáe asked women and men to work together "as a united music industry" to combat sexual harassment and assault, and to promote fair and safe work environments.

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"I just want to say that I needed this song in a very real way", she added.

Monae continued, "Because, you see, it's not just going on in Hollywood, it's not just going on in Washington, it's right here, in our industry, as well".

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.

"That was an incredibly powerful and relevant performance that comes in the midst of a movement that commands our attention and our support", he said. She was not nominated in major categories and came up short for the two pop prizes for which she was in the running.

"Praying" is the lead single from "Rainbow", Kesha's first album in five years following her bitter legal fight over her record contract.