Watch Kesha’s Emotional ‘Praying’ Performance At the Grammys
When it came to addressing the #MeToo movement at the 2018
all eyes were on Kesha. The singer-songwriter took the
stage during the ceremony to perform her nominated song
“Praying,” a moving, frank portrayal of being a victim of
abuse, strongly alluding to her
years-long legal fight with her producer Dr. Luke, whom she
accused of sexual assault and abuse.
“We come in peace but we mean business,” Janelle Monáe said, as
she introduced Kesha’s performance for the night. She was the
lone presenter to express solidarity with Time’s Up, citing the
need for assistants, artists, writers, and women working across
the music industry to band together and help each other.
Dressed all in white, Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia
Michaels, Bebe Rexha, Andra Day, and the Resistance Revival
Chorus joined a tearful Kesha for the moving performance, a
neon rainbow lit in the background. Despite the fact that it
was one of the few moments of the night where the industry
actually addressed the #MeToo movement, Kesha’s
“Praying” performance was a powerful highlight even if she was
singing to a room full of people who often choose to stay
silent on issues of abuse in the music industry. It’s a
travesty that she can’t take home a Grammy tonight.