Grammys: Janelle Monae and Kesha's Time's Up Moment Inspires Tears

Time's up for harassment of any kind. "Praying", an uplifting song about resilience and healing, was Kesha's first single since the start of her legal battle with producer Dr. Luke. Dr. Luke countersued, and as of now, Kesha still hasn't broken free of her contract. "I'm so proud and nervous and overwhelmed to be performing it at the Grammys on Sunday, and if you need it I hope this song finds you". Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Andra Day and Julia Michaels all joined Kesha on stage for one of the night's most memorable performances. All of the women were dressed in white. Kesha, and women like her, are regularly praised for baring all the details of their pain.

Singer and actor Janelle Monae, who introduced Kesha on the stage, gave a strong rebuke of sexual misconduct and gender inequality in entertainment and across industries. But not even in the wildest of dreams did any of us expect the extraordinary appearance that she delivered.

This month's Golden Globes was strongly focused on #MeToo and #TimesUp, so music fans, of course, were wondering if the Grammy Awards, held Sunday night at New York's Madison Square Garden, would be similarly political.

The Grammy Award-nominated song, co-written by Ben Abraham, Andrew Joslyn and Ryan Lewis, was produced by Lewis for Kesha's album, "Rainbow".

Some artists considered the lack of Grammys a snub.

"'Praying' is a handsome song in meaning and delivery and should've been a no brainer" for a Grammy, Daya tweeted.

It wasn't until past year that Kesha was able to release her third album "Rainbow" featuring the powerful single "Praying", detailing her recent struggles.

The sound was a far cry from the light, dance-pop hits that launched Kesha 's career such as "Tik Tok" and "Die Young".

Additionally, according to TMZ, Lorde, the only female nominee in this year's Album of the Year race, decided not to perform at the ceremony because she was not offered a solo slot - unlike male nominees Jay-Z (who declined), Bruno Mars, Childish Gambino, and Kendrick Lamar. "I've written a record that reveals my vulnerabilities, and I have found strength in that". Monáe, who has been an outspoken advocate for social justice, showed her support with a "Time's Up" pin and white rose.

The rapper Logic later issued a passionate call for women's rights at the close of his suicide prevention song, "1-800-273-8255".

  • Gwendolyn Kim