When it came to addressing the #MeToo movement at the 2018 Grammys, all eyes were on Kesha. The singer-songwriter took the stage during the ceremony to perform her nominated song “Praying,” a moving, frank portrayal of being a victim of abuse, strongly alluding to her years-long legal fight with her producer Dr. Luke, whom she accused of sexual assault and abuse.
“We come in peace but we mean business,” Janelle Monáe said, as she introduced Kesha’s performance for the night. She was the lone presenter to express solidarity with Time’s Up, citing the need for assistants, artists, writers, and women working across the music industry to band together and help each other.
Dressed all in white, Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, Bebe Rexha, Andra Day, and the Resistance Revival Chorus joined a tearful Kesha for the moving performance, a neon rainbow lit in the background. Despite the fact that it was one of the few moments of the night where the industry actually addressed the #MeToo movement, Kesha’s “Praying” performance was a powerful highlight even if she was singing to a room full of people who often choose to stay silent on issues of abuse in the music industry. It’s a travesty that she can’t take home a Grammy tonight.