An emotional Kesha fought back tears Saturday as she accepted an award in Nashville for her support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.
Moments after she took the podium, the “Tik Tok” singer choked up as she thanked her fans for supporting her throughout her contentious legal battle with Sony and Dr. Luke — the label’s top producer who she claims raped her a decade ago.
“As many of you know I am going through some personal things that have been really intense and hard lately,” she said shortly after receiving the Human Rights Campaign’s Visibility Award.
Kesha fought back tears as she accepted an award from the Human Rights Campaign on Saturday.
“I just want to say thank you for the support I have received,” she continued.
The honorary dinner was the 28-year-old pop star’s first public appearance since a Manhattan Supreme Court judge ruled last month that she couldn’t terminate the remainder of her recording contract with Sony — even though she claims the six-album deal brought her into contact with Dr. Luke.
Kesha alleges that Dr. Luke, whose real name is Luke Gottwald, drugged and raped her in California when she was 18 — and her lawyers say she was too frightened to speak up for years. Gottwald has vehemently denied Kesha’s claims and maintained his innocence throughout the legal saga.
A slew of celebrities have publicly backed Kesha in recent weeks, including Adele, Lady Gaga, Anne Hathaway and Reese Witherspoon. Taylor Swift even donated $ 250,000 to the singer to help with “any of her financial needs during this trying time,” according to the “Shake it Off” singer’s rep.
Kesha also had a number of supporters at Saturday’s event, as the audience roared with applause during her speech, prompting her to briefly step away from the podium to gather herself.
The singer, whose self-acceptance anthem “We R Who We R” has been embraced by the LGBT community, explained in her speech that she felt like a “misfit” growing up and encouraged her fans to take pride in themselves no matter what.
In her speech, Kesha thanked her fans for supporting her during her ongoing legal fight.
“My message today is don’t be afraid to speak up against any injustice you experience,” she said.”Don’t let people scare or shame you into changing the things about you that make you unique.”
Kesha has teamed up with the Human Right Society in the past, notably designing a purple, zebra printed shirt with the words “We R Who We R” emblazoned on it in 2011 in honor of National Coming Out Day.
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