Grammys 2018: Kesha performs 'Praying' with Camila Cabello, Cyndi Lauper, more

Anita Tucker
January 29, 2018

Kesha gave the performance of her career at the Grammys on Sunday night (28 January), with a passionate and powerful rendition of her single "Praying".

"And as artists so often do, our next performer embodies the great tradition of delivering important social messages though their music", Monae said about Kesha, who went on to perform Praying along with Cyndi Lauper, Camilla Cabello, Andra Day, Bebe Rexha, Julia Michaels and the Resistance Revival Chorus.

For background, Kesha sued producer Dr. Luke in 2014, seeking to get out of her contracts, because Dr. Luke allegedly "sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally abused" the singer.

Both "Praying" and "Rainbow" were nominated for Grammy awards this year but lost to Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" song and "Divide" album in the pop categories. It was her first since 2012's Warrior.

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Additionally, according to TMZ, Lorde, the only female nominee in this year's Album of the Year race, decided not to perform at the ceremony because she was not offered a solo slot - unlike male nominees Jay-Z (who declined), Bruno Mars, Childish Gambino, and Kendrick Lamar.

Before introducing Kesha at the 60th annual Grammy Awards, Janelle Monae addressed the audience, saying: "We come in peace, but we mean business". The producer has denied the singer's allegations.

Kesha's prayers have been answered with a show of solidarity. In Lenny Letter, she wrote that it's "about coming to feel empathy for someone else even if they hurt you or scare you". "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", she wrote on Twitter. Kesha later dropped the lawsuit against him in August 2016 in order to focus on releasing new music.

"I just want to say that I needed this song in a very real way", she added.

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