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Grammys 2018: Celebrities React to Kesha's Powerful 'Praying' Performance


Monae was there to introduce Kesha, who delivered a moving performance of "Praying", with Bebe Rexha, Julia Michaels, Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, and Andra Day joining her onstage.

Rainbow and "Praying" were nominated for best pop solo performance and best pop vocal album, respectively. It was, as the Grammys voiceover told the audience before the previous commercial break, "a powerful Grammys moment from Kesha that speaks to our times".

Even before the rise of the #MeToo movement in response to revelations about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, Kesha rattled the industry by demanding the end of her contract to work with Dr. Luke, who has denied the assault charges.

Kesha's prayers have been answered with a show of solidarity.


Recording artist, producer and actress Janelle Monae sounded the first notes of protest at tonight's 60th Grammy Awards. We also have the power to undo the culture that does not serve us well.

"We come in peace, but we mean business", she added. "I'm so proud and nervous and overwhelmed to be performing it at the Grammys on Sunday, and if you need it I hope this song finds you".

At the Grammy Awards Sunday night, though, Monae's introduction of Kesha's performance began to acknowledge the movement that was earlier represented by the white roses worn on the Grammy red carpet. "It felt like an emotional raw victory for myself, one step closer to healing", Kesha said of writing the song.

After entering rehab for an eating disorder in 2014, she sued her producer Dr. Luke for sexual assault and emotional abuse, while being locked in a legal battle with the his record label. "I never could have known what would've happened these past few years", she wrote on Twitter.

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