“I love Kesha,” Grande, 22, said of the 29-year-old pop singer and songwriter, who penned her 2014 track, “Pink Champagne.” “I worked with her when I was a lot younger. We’ve been friends, I support her, regardless of what’s going on.”
Grande noted that the two never discussed the details of Kesha’s alleged abuse by producer Dr. Luke -- the basis of an ongoing legal battle between the singer, producer and Sony -- but that she supports her fight to regain creative control of her music.
“The incredible double standards that we [women] face on a daily basis, in the industry and just in the world, it’s shocking,” Grande said. “I would be so amused, and pardon me if this comes across as sexist, but I don’t think a male artist would be in this position right now. Sorry.”
Grande’s not worried, however, about being open in her support of Kesha.
“If I’m speaking out about something I’m passionate about, I’m willing to take the brunt for fighting for what I believe in,” she explained. “And my fellow women are definitely something that I will always be one of the first to speak up about.”
Kesha recently opened up about the legal battle in a rare public appearance, giving an emotional speech as she accepted the Visibility Award at the 21st Annual Human Rights Campaign Nashville Equality Dinner last week.
"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," she told the crowd. "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."