Considering both Kesha's personal experience as an alleged victim of sexual abuse, assault and harrassment from super-producer Dr. Luke, and the far-ranging #MeToo and #TimesUp movements that aim to put an end to all abuses of power, her performance of "Praying" was destined to be emotionally powerful, and it did not disappoint (despite it losing Best Pop Solo Performance earlier in the night to Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You.") Joined by fellow singers Cyndi Lauper, Andra Day, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels and Bebe Rexha, as well as a choir, Kesha broke down in tears at the end, as did much of the audience.
Logic singing about suicde losing to Bruno Mars singing about sex and women and Kesha singing about surviving and moving forward losing to Ed Sheeran singing about the shape of someone's body just goes to show how stupid the Grammys are— ً (@haIescabello) January 29, 2018
the Kesha performance was so powerful but y'all still gave Ed Sheeran the award and Dr. Luke still gets to work in the industry so don't pat yourself on the back too hard, Grammys.— Madison Hartman (@madhartman) January 29, 2018
tuned into the grammys to see kesha performing a song about her abuse to a room full of people who didn’t believe her while her abuser still seems to have a career. normal culture— Alex Press (@alexnpress) January 29, 2018
Just cried real tears watching @KeshaRose there ARE second acts in American lives. Glad i saw that. Thank you K.— Rob Thomas (@ThisIsRobThomas) January 29, 2018
.@KeshaRose to me, you won. I broke down in tears tonight as you sang. Your song rips me apart every single time. You sing all the words I’m too afraid to speak & Provides insight for those who have not been through what victims like us have. Thank you thank you thank you.— ROZES (@ROZESsounds) January 29, 2018