By Gabrielle Hester
She brought the audience to tears with her heart-wrenching performance and shed light on the effects of sexual assault and how, in the end, it can make be a source of strength for survivors.
She was accompanied on stage by fellow female powerhouses Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Andra Day, Julia Michaels and Bebe Rexha and the Resistance Revival Chorus.
All of the women dawned gorgeous variations of pure-white ensembles. Kesha’s crisp-white jacket and pants were adorned with vibrant red, blue and green roses.
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“By having powerful women sing backup on stage, it showed that she not only has their backup through vocals but their back up through the healing process,” said Kylie Lamunyon, a journalism sophomore at Arizona State University.
Janelle Monae introduced Kesha’s performance and paid homage to the Time’s Up Movement which was celebrated earlier this month at the Golden Globes.
“We say time’s up for pay inequality, time’s up for discrimination, time’s up for harassment of any kind and time’s up for the abuse of power,” Monae said in her powerful introductory speech.
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“Praying” was Kesha’s first comeback into music since spending years in a legal battle with her former producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald. Kesha accused Gottwald of drugging and emotionally and sexually abusing her in 2014.
“Kesha has made her album ‘Rainbow’ about survival and revival,” said Alyssa Ruiz, a journalism sophomore at ASU and avid Kesha fan.
Kesha’s album “Rainbow” was nominated for best pop vocal album, but ultimately lost to Ed Sheeran’s “Divide.”