From the moment Kesha was announced as a performer at this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony in New York, expectations that she’d deliver a highly emotionally-charged performance were high. But not even in the wildest of dreams did any of us expect the extraordinary appearance that she delivered.
Kesha took the stage at Madison Square Garden flanked by a throng of strong, notable female performers; the likes of which included Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Bebe Rexha, and Andra Day, among others.
After a strong, powerful speech from Janelle Monae, referencing the “Time’s Up” movement and delivering the fiery salvo “we come in peace, but we mean business,” while declaring that time was up for pay inequality, harassment, discrimination, or abuse of power, Kesha – clad in white like her fellow performers, took to the stage.
What followed was an incredibly moving, exceedingly powerful, and above all else brave performance of her redemption ballad ‘Praying,’ firmly announcing her return to the industry after a long, ugly, and protracted legal battle with her alleged abuser Dr Luke.
It’s a hell of a performance. Emotional, magnetic, everything you could’ve possibly asked for and more.
Now that right there. That is something else entirely.
We’re all the better for finally having Kesha back. Even on a night where a person not even in the building is being recognised over women, a performance like this will always speak loudest.
Hell yeah, Kesha. Hell. Yeah.