Stars Join Kesha on Grammys Stage for Emotional Performance of ‘Praying’
It was an emotional night at the Grammys for Kesha, who performed her hit song “Praying” with the help of some famous faces — and voices.
Kesha was one of the few stars to speak out about sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry ahead of the #MeToo and #TIMESUP movements. The song “Praying” was written as she healed from her personal and legal troubles.
Janelle Monae introduced the performance, saying, she was "proud to stand in solidarity as not just an artist, but a young woman with my fellow sisters in this room who make up the music industry.” She also praised Kesha, calling her “fearless” and noting that her album “Rainbow” had inspired many.
Stars who turned out to support Kesha during her performance included Cyndi Lauper, Bebe Rexha, Andra Day, Camila Cabello and Julia Michaels. The Resistance Revival Chorus joined the singers as well, and everyone wore white.
The poignant performance ended with a group hug as Kesha teared up.
On Saturday, she tweeted, "When I wrote 'Praying,' with Ben Abraham and Ryan Lewis, I just felt as if I had gotten a huge weight off of my shoulders. It felt like an emotional raw victory for myself, one step closer to healing. I never could have known what would've happened these past few years."
when i wrote praying, with ben abraham and ryan lewis, i just felt as if i had gotten a huge weight off of my shoulders. it felt like an emotional raw victory for myself, one step closer to healing. I never could have known what would've happened these past few years. pic.twitter.com/7qibyvdzNm
Kesha continued, "I just want to say that I needed this song in a very real way. 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."