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During an appearance at the Los Angeles’ Humane Society Gala over the weekend, Kesha delivered a stirring rendition of “Til It Happens to You”, Lady Gaga’s ballad addressing sexual assault. “I want to dedicate this song to every man, woman, child and animal that has ever been abused,” she said prior to the cover, as Rolling Stone points out.
Kesha, still enmeshed in a messy legal battle with Sony and her producer and alleged abuser Dr. Luke, was visibly overcome with emotion during her set Saturday night. Still, she powered through the song, as though finding strength and refuge in it.
Watch fan-caught footage above.
The Diane Warren-penned “Til It Happens to You” appeared in last year’s The Hunting Ground, a documentary about campus-related sexual violence. Gaga, herself a victim of abuse, sang the song at this year’s Oscars in an incredibly powerful performance. The ARTPOP star has not only shown support for those affected by sexual assault, but specifically came out in support of Kesha in February.
“The very reason women don’t speak up for years is the fear that no one will believe them or their abuser has threatened their life or life of their loved ones/livelihood in order to keep their victim quiet and under control,” she wrote on Instagram. “What happened to Kesha has happened to many female artists, including myself, and it will affect her for the rest of her life.”
“No one needs to validate Kesha,” added Gaga. “Why is victim always the ‘liar’? Why do we let people in a position of power get away with behaving inhumanely? These guys hide behind the legal system and it’s their litigious behavior that is precisely what they use to rape these girls. ‘Give me what I want or else I will come after you’ and they have all the money and the resources to do it.”
Kesha’s live cover comes just a few weeks after returning to the stage at Coachella to join Zedd on their collaborative track “True Colors”.