Get the tissues out, this is one Kesha performance you do not want to miss.
The pop singer gave an emotional performance of her single "Praying" at Sunday's Grammy Awards, joined on stage by Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Andra Day, Julia Michaels and Bebe Rexha and the Resistance Revival Chorus.
Giving lip service to the #MeToo movement, the Grammy's drummed up anticipation for Kesha's performance by calling it "a powerful song...that speaks to our times."
The lead single off the triumphant 2017 record Rainbow, “Praying” sees Kesha reflect on her emotional, years-long legal battle against her former producer, Dr. Luke, who she’s accused of sexual and verbal assault.
“I’m proud of who I am/No more monsters/I can breathe again,” she sang through tears. “And you said that I was done/Well, you were wrong and now the best is yet to come.”
After the performance, Kesha quoted lyrics from her song in a message of gratitude posted on Twitter:"'After everything you've done I can thank you for how strong I have become,'" she tweeted. "Thank you to the @RecordingAcad, the women on stage with me tonight, and everyone who has supported me through this whole journey."
Kesha delivers an emotionally gripping performance of her song "Praying" at the Grammy Awards in a nod to the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct https://t.co/4ZNnX6ugIi pic.twitter.com/lHQ6EQlmcY
For background, Kesha sued producer Dr. Luke in 2014, seeking to get out a contract because Dr. Luke allegedly "sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally abused” her. As of now, she has still not been able to break free. Her ballad, "Praying", is about the abuses she suffered.
In Lenny Letter, she wrote that it’s “about coming to feel empathy for someone else even if they hurt you or scare you. It's a song about learning to be proud of the person you are even during low moments when you feel alone. It's also about hoping everyone, even someone who hurt you, can heal.”