The 2018 Grammy Awards didn't shy away from the very public statement of female empowerment and equality that has been taking place this awards season. From celebs walking the red carpet with white roses in hand to show their support to Kesha taking the stage to perform her anthem, "Praying," the Time's Up movement's presence was definitely felt — and got the powerful performance from Kesha it deserved.
Janelle Monae introduced the performance with her own empowering speech: “Tonight, I am proud to stand in solidarity as not just an artist, but a young woman with my fellow sisters in this room who make up the music industry. We are also daughters, wives, mothers and human beings. We come in peace, but we mean business. To those who would dare try to silence us, we offer you two words: 'Time’s Up,'” she said, via Deadline. “Not just in Hollywood or in Washington. It’s right here in our industry as well. We also have the power to undo the culture that does not serve us well. So let’s work together, women and men, as a united music industry committed to creating more safe work environments, with equal pay and access for all women.”
Then Grammy-nominated Kesha, who has been vocal about the alleged abuse she suffered while working with producer Dr. Luke, took the stage to perform the track, off her 2016 album Rainbow, along with an all-female crew, decked out in all white, that included Bebe Rexha, Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, and Andra Day, according to Variety.