Kesha was the recipient of the Human Rights Campaign's Visibility Award on Saturday night (Mar. 5) at a ceremony in the singer's hometown of Nashville, Tenn. Kesha, who is still embroiled in a legal battle with her former producer Dr. Luke—whom she accuses of rape and emotional abuse—was honored for using her platform to speak out against the bullying of LGBT youth.
The singer was emotionally moved by the award, and according to the Associated Press, had to take a moment to regain her composure before delivering a speech.
"As many of you know I am going through some personal things that have been really intense and hard lately and I just want to say thank you for the support I have received," Kesha told the audience.
Kesha extended a message to the LGBT community, saying "don't be afraid to speak up against any injustice you experience. Don't let people scare or shame you into changing the things about you that make you unique."
Although Saturday marked a triumphant moment for the singer, the specter of Dr. Luke loomed over Kesha's remarks. Kesha originally filed suit against Dr. Luke—real name Lukasz Gottwald—in 2014, alleging that the producer manipulated her career and sexually abused her. In February, the singer's request to nullify her current contract with Dr. Luke was denied.
Multiple entertainers have extended messages of support to Kesha in the wake of the court's ruling. Dr. Luke has issued his own statement of defense to the public, suggesting that Kesha is smearing his name in order to leave his record label, Kemosabe.
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