Best of the Night: Kesha and Friends Stage a #MeToo Intervention
Three years before #MeToo took stock of sexual assault in the entertainment industry, Kesha sued her ex-producer, Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, for "sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally [abusing her] to the point where [she] nearly lost her life." Sunday night she returned triumphantly to the stage to perform her Grammy-nominated comeback single, "Praying" – but not without a posse. Looking fierce in all white, Kesha's Grammys squad featured Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, Andra Day and Bebe Rexha, as well as the Resistance Revival Chorus of Women's March fame. Fighting back tears with blazing fervor, Kesha sang, "Some say in life, you're gonna get what you give ... but some things only God can forgive." Perhaps directed at Dr. Luke – or perhaps all those who turned a blind eye, only to applaud her in front of the cameras – Kesha's words reflected a poise that's impossibly demanded of all survivors of sexual abuse. Crowned by a massive group hug from her fellow performers, Kesha's showing was a testament to the healing power of women's solidarity. Pray for anyone who snubbed Kesha's earth-shattering high note for Best Pop Vocal Performance.