Kesha has been open about the fact that she used her music to heal after a seemingly endless legal battle with her now-ex-producer, Dr. Luke. Her Rainbows album takes you through the range of emotions she’s experienced in her struggle to find herself again after being lost for so long.
We knew her Grammys performance was going to be an emotional one, but we had no idea just how moving it would be.
Introduced by Janelle Monae, who made her own powerful statement about the Time’s Up movement, Kesha took the stage with an army of other women, all dressed in white. It was clear from the first note that she was there not just to wow the crowd, but also to deliver a powerful message about how far she’s come, how much she’s truly healed, and how ready she is to take back her life. As she belted out, “I’m proud of who I am / No more monsters, I can breathe again / And you said that I was done / Well, you were wrong and now the best is yet to come,” it was impossible not to feel a flood of emotions.
To show their support, stars including Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, Cyndi Lauper, and Andra Day joined her on stage, with Lauper even putting her hand on Kesha’s shoulder as they sang together in a powerful chorus that gave everyone chills.
With the triumphant finish, Kesha broke down in tears as the other women surrounded her in an embrace.
Afterward, fans took to social media to express just how moved they were by the performance, and how grateful they felt to have witnessed it.
One person pointed out that it may have been more meaningful than any of us will ever fully realize.
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