This Is What Made Kesha's Grammys Performance So Damn Powerful

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The legal battle between Dr. Luke and Kesha are still ongoing, but Kesha managed to release her album "Rainbows" previous year and perform her single "Praying" at Sunday night's Grammy awards. She was noticeably emotional while performing the song tonight, and rightfully so. "Praying" is Kesha's ballad, off her latest album Rainbow, about the abuses she suffered. At the end of the performance, Kesha was seen crying as she hugged the fellow performers.

For background, Kesha sued producer Dr. Luke in 2014, seeking to get out of her contracts, because Dr. Luke allegedly "sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally abused" the singer. "We come in peace, but we mean business". Kesha lost in both categories to Ed Sheeran, but with a massive co-headlining tour with Macklemore scheduled for this summer and the ability to finally release music again, she's already won something far more resonating than an award.

Janelle Monae introduced Kesha, who was thrust to the forefront of the #MeToo movement past year when she stood up to Dr. Luke - her abuser - and triumphed. The pop singer performed "Praying" alongside Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, Andra Day and Bebe Rexha during the Grammys telecast on Sunday evening. He has denied the allegations and countersued.

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This month's Golden Globes was strongly focused on #MeToo and #TimesUp, so music fans, of course, were wondering if the Grammy Awards, held Sunday night at New York's Madison Square Garden, would be similarly political. "This is just the beginning", Kesha wrote in Lenny Letter at the time. "It felt like an emotional raw victory for myself, one step closer to healing".

"This song is about me finding peace in the fact that I can't control everything - because trying to control everyone was killing me", she wrote past year.

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