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Kesha's 7 Best Live Performances Throughout the Years

From her wacky appearance at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards to her awe-inspiring "Praying" performance in 2017, these are the pop star's memorable performances

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"Animal" and "Blow" at 2011 Billboard Music Awards

You can't deny the impact of Kesha's "Blow" back in 2011! The then-rising popstar's smash single carried its weight on radio and the charts for weeks, and she turned the tune's intensity to the max at the Billboard Music Awards. Kesha opened the performance with "Animal" before descending down on the stage to make the crowd go absolutely wild!

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"C'mon" on 'The X Factor USA' (2012)

"C'mon" was the second single from Kesha's sophomore album Warrior, and immediately became one of the standout tracks with a little help of performances like this! It is a full-fledged party starter that also allowed the singer to show off her vocals a bit more than her previous singles. And can we talk about how badass her crystal-studded outfit is?!

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"Timber" with Pitbull at 2013 American Music Awards

Pitbull and Kesha brought their inescapable "Timber" collaboration to life at the 2013 American Music Awards, and boy was it a memorable one! Both artists held their own on stage, as Kesha led a crew of dancers for the honky-tonk tune while Mr. Worldwide got his groove on with more ladies in the background.

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"Til' It Happens To You" Cover at To The Rescue! Gala (2016)

Kesha's performances became more moving as the years went on, due to her unfortunate legal battle with her alleged abuser Dr. Luke. One of her most powerful moments came courtesy of the To the Rescue! gala, where she sung a cover of Lady Gaga's "Til' It Happens to You." The singer fought back tears as she poured out all of her emotions. Diane Warren, the song's co-writer, supported her on the piano. 

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"It Ain't Me, Babe" at 2016 Billboard Music Awards

This unforgettable moment marked Kesha's powerful return to the Billboard Music Awards stage. It almost didn't happen due to a clash with Kemosabe Records on being allowed to perform, but we're so glad that the singer was able to continue to share her story in an artistic manner. Her rendition of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me, Babe" wasn't an explicit reference to her ongoing case with Dr. Luke, but her tender vocals were all that was needed to move the audience.

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"You Don't Own Me" at Firefly Music Festival 2017

Kesha's appearance at this year's Firefly was hands down one of the best moments of the festival (check out our review here). One of the highlights of her kickass, country rockstar, glittery set was her emotive cover of Lesley Gore's 1963 anthem "You Don't Own Me." "I feel like these words were taken out of my mouth," she told the excited crowd prior to singing. Take that, Dr. Luke.

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"Praying" at Youtube Space (2017)

The singer's new album Rainbow features her most mature, raw and endearing music of her career thus far, and it is anchored by the lead single "Praying." Kesha debuted the song live at YouTube's studios in Los Angeles, proving she truly deserves this comeback. Her grand vocals and gut-wrenching emotions will push you to tears. While she is still going through a rough patch, it's incredibly motivating to see how much stronger she's become.


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