One moment at the Grammy Awards on Sunday (28 January) night stole the show. Kesha performed Praying from her 2017 album Rainbow and after, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.
For the performance, artists like Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Andra Day, and others joined her in all white.
The feeling at the show was electric, emotional, and cathartic. When the song finished, Kesha broke down and embraced the other women on stage.
Time’s up, says Kesha
Praying is Kesha’s first solo song in four years, following her legal battle with Dr. Luke over abuse allegations.
The performance was dedicated to the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.
Artist Janelle Monáe introduced the performance with her own powerful speech about abuse and silencing women.
Singer Janelle Monae brings Time's Up movement to Grammy Awards: "To those who would dare try and silence us we offer you two words: Time's Up"
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 29, 2018
Later, the singer took to Twitter to thank the women who performed with her.
“after everything you've done I can thank you for how strong I have become”
thank you to the @RecordingAcad, the women on stage with me tonight, and everyone who has supported me through this whole journey. pic.twitter.com/43gOsofL0S
— kesha (@KeshaRose) January 29, 2018
Claims of hypocrisy
Alessia Cara was the only woman to earn a solo Grammy Award last night.
Furthermore, Lorde was the only woman nominated for album of the year — and the only one of those nominees to not get to perform.
Many called out this lack of support for women, especially in contrast to Kesha’s performance.