“If I’m lucky enough to have a voice someone will listen to, than I should use it for good, for truth.”
Kesha did just that accepting the Trailblazer award at Billboard's Women in Music event last week, which aired on Lifetime on Monday (Dec. 12).
The singer, who's currently embroiled in an ongoing legal battle with Dr. Luke, has faced an uphill battle for the last several years since she revealed her sexual assault encounter with the producer. She's reportedly submitted over 20 songs to her label for review, but the nightmare continues to haunt her every day, but her outspokenness and bravery in the midst of it has not gone unnoticed.
“I didn’t really feel like standing and getting an award — I didn’t feel worthy of that,” Kesha told the audience during her acceptance speech. “But I knew I had to drag myself out of my bed, put on my damn boots, walk up here tonight and say thank you to you guys.”
“I’m not used to winning stuff. Thank you so much. You guys are gonna make me cry — I’m gonna try to not cry but it’s not going to work. I want to especially thank my fans, who I love and appreciate more than you guys will ever know.”
She added: “And to my peers, your support over the last few years has literally saved my life,” she said on the verge of tears, referencing Adele, Iggy Azalea, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and many others. “I’ve never really thought of myself as a trailblazer. I’m just as scared and flawed as any person I know. My message has always been to believe in yourself and love yourself just as you are. When I write those words, I do so as a reminder to myself as much as anyone else.”
“If I’m lucky enough to have a voice someone will listen to, than I should use it for good, for truth,” she continued. “That is why I have recently spoken openly about some of my struggles including my crippling anxiety and beginning recovery for an eating disorder amongst many other things. I know I’m not alone. These are struggles millions of people around the world deal with on a daily basis. The irony of it is, when I was very, very sick and getting sicker, I would hear about how much better and better I was looking, and that is a problem. I’ve decided I want to be part of the solution. And that’s why I decided to stand confident in my ever-changing, totally imperfect body and try to live up to and practice the self worth and self love that I preach in my music.”
“Finding the strength to come forward about these things it’s not easy, but maybe by me standing here telling my story, I can help somebody else who’s going through something tough,” she explained. “I know it’s scary, but once you take the first steps to help yourself, your life will completely change in the best ways.”