Women and men in music united Sunday in a show of support for victims of sexual harassment and assault, wearing white roses on the red carpet in their version of the red carpet blackout from the Golden Globes that was designed to visually demonstrate unified support for the Time’s Up movement. Then, 24 female musicians went even further, donning all white to sing “Praying” along with Kesha, who has been one of the most vocal celebrities to decry sexual assault in the industry for several years now.
The singer, who has accused producer Dr. Luke of abuse (he denies the allegations) and is embroiled in ongoing lawsuits against him and his record label, released “Praying” in July of 2017 as her response to the ongoing battles. The star wrote on Twitter Saturday about what it meant to her to be performing the song at the Grammys Sunday:
when i wrote praying, with ben abraham and ryan lewis, i just felt as if i had gotten a huge weight off of my shoulders. it felt like an emotional raw victory for myself, one step closer to healing. I never could have known what would’ve happened these past few years. pic.twitter.com/7qibyvdzNm
— kesha (@KeshaRose) January 27, 2018
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She was joined onstage by dozens of singers, including Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Andra Day, Julia Michaels and Bebe Rexha, all wearing white to show their support for the singer (who wore a white suit embroidered with colorful flowers), as well as for music’s version of the Time’s Up movement, founded by female record executives as part of a group called Voices in Entertainment. Many musicians have shown support to Kesha before, from Lady Gaga speaking out on her behalf to Taylor Swift’s $250,000 donation to Kesha’s legal fund.
Kesha’s stylist Samantha Burkhart told PeopleStyle Friday, ” We all have these celebrities on stage with her—everybody is wearing white. I dressed 24 people. It’s a huge amount of people, and she is wearing a white custom suit that we had custom-embroidered …. It’s a beautiful white suit with different color roses embroidered all over it.”
She continued, “It’s such a empowering song and it’s such a spiritual song … it seemed like white was the purest color and the simplest color as well. It’s real people singing on stage and we wanted to create a relateable sense of reality and heightened sense of beauty.”
Allegations of sexual assault have been at the forefront of the music industry in recent months, from Kesha’s Dr. Luke claims to Taylor Swift’s lawsuit against a DJ whom she says groped her to several accounts of rape lodged against Russell Simmons.