Kesha gave an emotionally charged performance of her new single, “Woman” at a recent concert in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The artist had taken a break from music following the 2014 lawsuit in which Kesha sued producer Dr. Luke, seeking to void all their contracts because he “sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally abused [Kesha] to the point where [she] nearly lost her life.” The judge ruled against Kesha, which in turn sparked a backlash from a multitude of artists in the industry who spoke out in support of the performer.
Before beginning the song, Kesha got real with the audience announcing,
“We haven’t practiced this at all. This could sound really, really bad, but we’re gonna probably do it.”
The crowd cheered, screaming, “We love you” and applauding. The outpouring of support seemed, for a moment, to be too much for Kesha. She walked over to the side of the stage, visibly crying. A member of the band hugs her and hands her a towel to wipe her tears. Simultaneously, the crowd starts chanting, “Kesha, Kesha.”
After throwing the towel into the audience, she returns to the mic to begin the song, screaming, “I’m a motherf—ing woman!” and giving a supercharged performance that had the audience on their feet the entire time.
Kesha beautifully displays what it means to be a strong woman. Throughout everything she’s been through, she has never backed down. She has continued to stand up for herself, as well as and all women who have been allegedly harassed or abused. Her continued resilience and recent performance of “Woman” are bright, glittering examples of why Kesha is a force to be reckoned with.
Her upcoming album, Rainbow, will be out August 11th.