Kesha's admirable strength is shining brighter than ever.
The 29-year-old pop star was brought to tears while accepting the Visibility Award at the 21st Annual Human Rights Campaign Nashville Equality Dinner on Saturday. The honor came in the midst of her legal battle with music producer Dr. Luke (real name: Lukasz Gottwald), whom she claims allegedly raped and drugged her over a decade ago.
"I am grateful for [fame] mainly because it has put me in the position where I can actually do something positive for the world, and that is really the best part of it," Kesha explained at the LGBT event in Nashville, Tennessee. "I love writing songs and I love making music, but this is like the most rewarding part of the entire process for me. I'm 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've received."
"My mom's crying -- stop crying! Stop crying," she added.
Kesha said that growing up, she felt life a "misfit" and had a "very deep connection to the LGBT communities."
"Back then we didn't know what LGBT meant," she said. "We just knew we got bullied for being ourselves, shamed for being different, and encouraged to hide the things that made us unique. Music was my outlet. I started writing songs and recording my own songs, songs about everyone celebrating themselves and trying to find a rock n' roll paradise."
She then got even more candid, telling the audience she found it "really hard" to love herself and have confidence "when the world criticizes you for being yourself."
"That's why my message has always been about being yourself," a teary-eyed Kesha continued. "And we really have to love each other and support each other. Believe me when I sing these words, I'm talking to everyone else, [but] I'm talking to myself as much as I'm talking to everyone else."
The "We R Who We R" singer stayed on that path of self-acceptance, telling the audience to never hide who they are from the world.
"Don't let people scare and shame you into changing the things about yourself that make you unique," she said. "Those are the qualities that will make your life magical and special. Never deny yourself that."
Kesha concluded her emotional speech with an inspiring message to the LGBT community: "You are all beautiful just as you are, and you have my love and my support until the day I die. Thank you for the award."
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Last month, New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich denied Kesha's request to end her recording contract with songwriter/producer Dr. Luke and Kemosabe Records, which is part of Sony Music, pointing out the "lack of facts" and stating "there has been no showing of irreparable harm." Dr. Luke has denied any wrongdoing.