The song and the album aren’t like the work Kesha’s big hits from her years ago– the album was a direct response to the legal and emotional battle she’s been fighting against Dr. Luke, her mentor, collaborator and producer, whom she’s accused of emotional and sexual abuse.
Kesha, clearly emotional on the stage at the GRAMMYs wasn’t in it alone this time as Cyndi Lauper, Bebe Rexha, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, and Andra Day, and The Resistance Revival Chorus took the stage with her to sing her nominated song, “Praying.”
The performance was definitely the GRAMMYs #MeToo moment, but didn’t feel like a gimmick or like Kesha was on stage to do anything but perform. At times, she seemed shaken and looked the other women for support throughout the song.
The lyrics will resonate with anyone who has been through terrible tragedy at the hands of another and just wants to move on with their life. They also serve as a reminder that once upon a time Kesha was the girl singing about brushing her teeth with a bottle of Jack, but that girl is no more.
I’m proud of who I am
No more monsters, I can breathe again
And you said that I was done
Well, you were wrong and now the best is yet to come
‘Cause I can make it on my own
And I don’t need you, I found a strength I’ve never known
I’ll bring thunder, I’ll bring rain, oh-oh
When I’m finished, they won’t even know your name
You brought the flames and you put me through hell
I had to learn how to fight for myself
And we both know all the truth I could tell
I’ll just say this is I wish you farewell
I hope you’re somewhere prayin’, prayin’
I hope your soul is changin’, changin’
I hope you find your peace
Falling on your knees, prayin’
After the performance, Kesha quoted her own lyrics and then thanked everyone for their support through the last few years as she has fought to rebuild her life and career.