“Cause you brought the flames and put me through hell, I had to learn how to fight for myself….. I hope you’re somewhere prayin’, prayin’, I hope your soul is changin’, changin..'”
This is a portion of the lyrics to Kesha’s heartbreaking song, ‘Prayin.’ The singer performed this song at the Grammy’s as part of the ‘Time’s Up’ movement and left the crowd in tears.
The Grammy’s is a time to celebrate the great achievements and incredible talent in the Hollywood music industry. Like any music award show, there were performances by notable and talented singers, but one especially took our breaths away.
Kesha performed a beautiful rendition of her song, ‘Prayin’, which talks about the abuse the singer faced by her former producer, Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald a.k.a ‘Dr. Luke.’
The 30-year-old singer poured her heart out on stage, accompanied by other leading ladies of the music world. Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, Andra Day and Julia Michaels stood in solidarity with the singer as she gave the incredibly powerful performance.
It was a sight to be remembered for a long time, as the ladies stood strong in white with roses attached to show support for the ‘Time’s Up’ movement against sexual harassment and inequality.
Kesha has endured a 3-year long legal battle with her former record producer, Dr. Luke. She filed a civil lawsuit against him in 2014 for physical and sexual abuse. Dr. Luke also filed a defamation suit against her.
Prayin’ is part of Kesha’s third studio album, Rainbow, which was released in 2017. Even though Kesha’s request to being relieved of her record contract was denied, she does not work under his guise anymore.
People from all over the world were moved by her heartfelt performance. Twitter commended the star for her performance and her triumph against her abuser.
Filmmaker and movie critic, Jason Fraley tweeted, “Sometimes a performance captures more than words.”- James Corden on #Keshasharing her personal survival in #Praying. #GRAMMYs.”
Another tweet stated, “#Kesha already has me tearing up two seconds into her performance.”
A third stated, “I was looking for this FULL PERFORMANCE: Kesha, Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, Andra Day, Bebe Rexha and more performing Praying at #GRAMMYs! POWERFUL! #MeToo #Kesha.”
Another wrote, “The emotion and message of @KeshaRose’s #Praying was beautiful. You could feel it like you were there in the NY audience #GRAMMYs #Kesha #Powerful.”
People were proud that women were supporting each other and finally speaking up against the perpetrators.
One person stated, “I’m so happy for #Kesha. I can’t imagine how incredible that feels. To fight for your voice, to be silenced and to have a comeback like this. Amazing. #GRAMMYs”
Another said, “THIS IS WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS. Women. Supporting. Loving. Lifting each other up. #timesup #GRAMMYs #kesha #fightlikeagirl.”
A lot of fans were furious and argued that it was her song that deserved a Grammy instead of Ed Sheeran’s hit single, ‘Shape of You’.
One person wrote, “Watch her performance and then tell me she wasn’t robbed of a grammy. I dare you. #kesha #grammys”
Another angry fan said, “Yeah, a song about someone’s figure is totally more meaningful than someone’s rise from assault and abuse honestly, #GrammyAwards wtf? #Kesha.”
A third said, “The Grammys are f**king over. Gaga put her heart and soul into ‘Joanne’ and ‘Million Reasons.’ Kesha spoke about experiences that many artists would be too scared to talk about… and Shape of You won. #GrammysAreOverParty #GRAMMYs #LadyGaga #Kesha </3”
We salute the women who are struggling and fighting against sexual harassment and inequality every day!