When Janelle Monae took the stage to present Kesha’s Grammy performance, she spoke passionately about the need for equality for women in the music industry, which was a perfect lead-in to Kesha’s bombastic and collaborative rendition of “Praying.”
Kesha was joined on stage by Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, Andra Day, Bebe Rexha, and other female singers for a raw and absolutely huge performance of the Rainbow highlight. There were very few dry eyes in the room: It was evident that more than a few of the vocalists on stage were getting emotional, which they fully embraced with a teary group hug at the end of the song. Even host James Corden was seen taking a deep breath and trying to maintain his composure after getting choked up by the powerful Grammy moment.
This comes after a huge 2017 for Kesha (aside from the whole Jerry Seinfeld incident, that is): Her comeback album Rainbow was a chart-topping triumph, she and Macklemore teamed up for the emotional pop ballad “Good Old Days,” and the pair announced that they’ll be touring together this summer.
Kesha was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance for “Praying” (but lost to Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You”) and Best Pop Vocal Album for Rainbow (but again couldn’t top Ed Sheeran and ÷ (Divide)). Watch her performance above, check out our continually updated list of tonight’s winners here, find out how to watch live here, and revisit our review of Rainbow here.