Kesha delivers a devastating 'Praying' in the tumult of #TimesUp

Kesha performs "Praying" at the 60th annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden, Jan. 28, 2018, in NY.

Tonight, she took the stage at the GRAMMY awards to perform her song 'Praying' with some help from Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, Bebe Rexha, Andra Day and more. This fearless, two-time Grammy nominee inspired so many of us - including myself - when she spoke her truth on her album, "Rainbow", which was nominated for best pop vocal album tonight.

It's the kind of sentiment that is acceptable and laudable in 2018; in 2014, however, Kesha's crusade to bring down her alleged abuser was a startling outlier.

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The performance served as a vulnerable, triumphant indictment of her years being disbelieved, left in the wilderness and unable to do the thing she was born to: sing on a stage like this. While it's hard to know whether the Grammys are being earnest or just co-opting a movement for their own purposes, what's clear is that Kesha gave a powerful, defiant performance, one that feels like a deserved moment for the singer.

Dr. Luke has repeatedly denied Kesha's allegations.

"'After everything you've done I can thank you for how strong I have become, '" she wrote, quoting her song. However, many more attendees also carried around and wore white roses in solidarity with Time's Up and #MeToo.

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That award belonged to Kesha. "This is just the beginning", Kesha wrote in Lenny Letter at the time. Kesha eventually dropped her lawsuit against Dr. Luke in August 2016, but Luke's defamation lawsuit is still ongoing, according to the New York Times.

"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 a year ago.

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