'It's important to give her a platform': Grammy producer confirms Kesha will perform song Praying in support of #MeToo movement
She's emerged back onto the pop scene following a long and acrimonious legal battle with producer Dr. Luke.
And on Sunday night in New York, Kesha will take the stage at the annual Grammys to perform her song Praying, which is about overcoming adversity and being strong.
The telecast's producer Ken Ehrlich told Yahoo! Entertainment: 'Kesha’s performance is definitely going to reflect what has happened to her in the past couple of years. Praying, that is what that song is all about, and that’s what she’s going to perform on the show.'
#MeToo moment: Kesha, pictured Monday at LAX to catch a flight to New York, will perform her song Praying, about her battle with producer Dr. Luke, at the Grammys on Sunday night
'I think people will come away with the sense that we are supporting or allowing the artist to make a statement,' Ehrlich added.
Kesha accused Dr. Luke of verbally, physically and sexually abusing her and so her song Praying ties in nicely with the #MeToo movement that has dominated the entertainment industry in recent weeks following the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
Ehrlich says her performance will be the only one of the 17 scheduled for the awards show that will explicitly address the issue. And having her sing her song was something that was planned before #MeToo became a thing.
'Whether these past few months had happened or not, we felt it was important to give her a platform to do a song that had struck a very responsive chord with a broad general audience, and particularly a female audience,' Ehrlich told The Daily Beast.
'So we were actually thinking about doing this before the dam broke. I think it’s going to wind up being an important piece of the show.'
Message: 'We felt it was important to give her a platform to do a song that had struck a very responsive chord with.... particularly a female audience,' Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich said
At the helm: Ehrlich, pictured Monday in New York, said it was about 'supporting or allowing the artist to make a statement'
Kesha received her first ever Grammy nominations for Praying, in the pop solo performance category, and for her comeback album Rainbow, that's nominated in the pop vocal album category.
Other performers at the Grammys, back in the Big Apple for the first time in 15 years, include Pink, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Cardi B, Patti LuPone, Bruno Mars and U2.
The Late Late Show host James Corden will host the ceremony that airs live on CBS Sunday.
Go to guy: The Late Late Show's James Corden will host the Grammys live on CBS on Sunday night as the awards show returns to New York for the first time in 15 years
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