Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich has confirmed that Kesha will be performing her triumphant single ‘Praying’ at the star-studded ceremony on Sunday.
“Kesha’s performance is definitely going to reflect what has happened to her in the past couple of years,” he told Yahoo! Entertainment. “Praying, that’s what the song is all about, and that’s what she’s going to perform on the show.” Ehrlich is referring to Kesha’s drawn-out legal battle with ex-producer Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald, AKA Dr. Luke. In 2014, the ‘Tick Tock’ singer filed a civil suit against the high-profile name is music, stating that he sexually and emotionally abused her throughout her career. A host of A-listers backed Kesha in the case, including Lady Gaga and Kelly Clarkson. Gottwald has continually denied all of the claims against him.
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Since the Harvey Weinstein scandal erupted in October last year, a particular emphasis has been put on sexual harassment and misconduct in the entertainment industry. Several prominent stars have faced allegations of inappropriate behavior, including acclaimed Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey. The House of Cards actor is currently being investigated by Scotland Yard over three complaints of assault in the 2000’s. Besides Spacey, James Franco (who just won the Best Actor award at the Golden Globes for The Disaster Artist) has faced criticism over his treatment of female students in his Studio 4 acting classes.
The Me Too and Time’s Up movements have dominated the award season speeches, with many famous names taking to the stage to call for equal rights across the board. Undoubtedly, giving Kesha the platform to sing her poignant single ‘Praying’ which she penned in light of her struggles with Dr. Luke will hit a chord with audiences watching Sunday night’s ceremony. Despite testimonies that her abusive relationship with the producer saw her close to taking her own life, a judge ruled in 2015 that she was still contractually bound to releasing a further two albums with label Sony and Dr. Luke’s Kemosabe Records.
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