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Kesha’s Powerful Performance Is The One The Grammys Needed

Kesha stole the present during Sunday night’s Grammy Awards.

The singer-songwriter performed her emotional ballad “Praying” alongside fellow artists Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Bebe Rexha, Julia Michaels, Andra Day and others. The performance began with the illuminates dimmed and about two dozen females wearing white onstage and harmonizing: “Sometimes, I pray for you at night. Someday, perhaps you’ll see the light.”

The performance was emotional, powerful and cathartic, especially in light of the night’s Time’s Up theme that produced many superstars to wear white arises to support the anti-sexual harassment initiative. Kesha wrote “Praying” after a tumultuous legal duel with her former producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, whom she accused of sexual assault and battery.

When the ballad eventually ended, Kesha teared up and all of the women onstage embraced in an emotional hug.

Watch the full performance below.

A few minutes after performing, Kesha thanked the women who performed with her in a tweet.

Actress Janelle Monae introduced Kesha with a powerful statement.

“Tonight I am proud to stand in solidarity as not only an artist, but a young lady with my fellow sisters in this room who make up the music industry, ” Monae told the crowd. “Artists, novelists, aides, publicists, CEOs, producers, technologists, females from all sectors of the business. We are also daughters, wives, mothers, sisters and human being. We come in peace, but we mean business. And to those who would dare to continue efforts to silence us, we offer you two words: Time’s up.”

Kesha explained in a tweet positioned on Saturday just how much it meant to her that she was performing “Praying” at Sunday’s Grammys.

“When I wrote praying, with Ben Abraham and Ryan Lewis, I simply felt as if I had get a huge weight off of my shoulders, ” she tweeted. “It felt like an emotional raw win for myself, one step closer to healing. I never could have known what would’ve happened these past few years.”

In a July 2017 essay for Lenny Letter, Kesha explained what the emotional and personal carol was about.

“This song is about coming to feel empathy for someone else even if they hurt you or scare you. It’s a ballad about discovering to be proud of the person you are even during low minutes when you feel alone, ” she wrote. “It’s also about hoping everyone, even someone who hurt you, can heal.”

The riveting performance was not lost on viewers. Many people tweeted how moved the latter are by the chant and the beautiful performance.

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