On March 5, 2016, the Human Rights Campaign honored Kesha with their Visibility Award, bestowed upon “high profile individuals who use their platform to advance and advocate for the LGBT movement.” She accepted the award through tears, beginning with an earnest thank you to all those who have shown her support during her own recent struggles.

“As many of you know I am going through some personal things that have been really intense and hard lately,” the singer told the audience at the 2016 Nashville Equality Dinner, “and I just want to say thank you for any support I have received.” She was met with a roar of applause and cheers.

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Recently, Vulture reports, “Kesha...lost a bid for an injunction to break her contract with Dr. Luke, who, according to Kesha, sexually abused her during the time that they worked together.”

In her speech, Kesha recounts her misfit youth, remarking that she continues to feel like “an outsider” even as a celebrity.

“Fame is strange and unnatural,” she says, “and I’m grateful for it mainly because it has put me in the position where I can actually do something positive for the world.”

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Even as a fledgling songwriter, Kesha “wanted to give other people confidence to be themselves” and “to feel like they’re not alone.” But she spoke—and still speaks—to herself through her lyrics just as she reaches out to others.

“Music was my outlet,” Kesha explains. “I started writing songs and recording my own songs, songs about everyone celebrating themselves and trying to find a rock n’ roll paradise.”

You can watch the entirety of Kesha’s speech in the video below.


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