Kesha took to the stage at this year’s Human Rights Campaign Nashville Equality Dinner, where she accepted the HRC Visibility award for her contributions to LGBT equality. In her acceptance speech, the singer alluded to her ongoing legal battle against Dr. Luke and thanked her supporters.
“Many of you know I’m going through some personal things that have been really intense and hard lately, and I just want to say thank you for any support I’ve received,” Kesha told the crowd.
Singer Wrabel introduced his longtime friend, thanking her for her messages of acceptance and equality, and about halfway through her acceptance speech, Kesha got choked up and stepped away from the microphone, prompting applause and cheers of support.
“I’ve met many members of the LGBT community and some very, very close friends who have come close to taking their own lives because of the abuse they’ve had to deal with, and that is heartbreaking,” Kesha said. “I don’t want to live in a world where we treat each other like that. That’s why my message has always been about being yourself, and we really have to love each other and support each other.”
Kesha is currently in a legal battle against Dr. Luke, a.k.a. Lukasz Gottwald, alleging that her former producer “sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally abused her.” Dr. Luke has publicly denied the allegations several times. A few weeks ago, a New York judge denied Kesha’s request for an injunction against Dr. Luke and Sony Music, and stars like Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, and Lorde have spoken out in support of Kesha.
“Fame is strange and unnatural, and I’m grateful for it mainly because this put me in the position where I can actually do something positive for the world, and that is really the best part of it,” Kesha said in her speech. “I love writing songs and I love making music, but this is the most rewarding part of the entire process.”
Watch Kesha’s acceptance speech above.