Kesha was honored with the award at HRC’s Equality Dinner on Saturday and spoke about growing up as a “misfit.”


Kesha says “don’t let people scare or shame you into changing the things about you that make you unique.”

The Human Rights Campaign honored Kesha with the Visibility Award at their Equality Dinner held in Nashville on Saturday. She warmed up the audience with her unique take on celebrity before detailing her recent legal woes and her history with the LGBT community.

“Fame is strange and unnatural and I’m grateful for it mainly because it has put me in a position where I can actually do something positive for the world, and that is really the best part of it,” Kesha said. “I love writing songs and I love making music, but this is the most rewarding part of it.”

The honor comes several weeks after a New York State Supreme Court judge denied Kesha’s injunction to record music outside of Sony and its imprint label Kemosabe Records which Dr. Luke oversees.

“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 any support I have received,” Kesha continued.

Halfway through her 10-minute speech, Kesha became overwhelmed with emotion, stepping away from the microphone for a moment to regain composure. She recalled growing up outside of Nashville as a “misfit” and “gravitated toward other social outsiders, many of them in the LGBT community.” “We just knew that we were bullied for being ourselves, shamed for being different and encouraged for hiding the things that make us unique,” Kesha said. “My message today is 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.”

Watch her entire speech below:

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