After a New York State court ruled that Kesha must continue to work with the producer that allegedly abused her, she became the focal point for a pro-woman, pro-survivor movement so positive, it almost makes the existence of "TiK ToK" worth it.
But whether you like the pop/party genre she epitomizes or not, her speech accepting the Visibility Award from the Human Rights Campaign is undeniably great (at the 9:00 mark, below).
Last year, the HRC gave the Visibility Award to Orange is the New Black actress Samira Wiley, for embracing "the power of being publicly out and visible as an LGBT person." Presenter Singer Wrabel explained that Kesha received the award for her own public support of the community.
"For any of you who know, 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," said Kesha, ostensibly referring to her legal struggle with Sony and Dr. Luke.
She then ordered her mother in the audience to stop crying, and reminisced about being an "odd little kid with homemade clothes" in Nashville "with an inability to fit in," before brimming up to the obvious button: "Not a lot has changed."
"That's why my message has always been about being yourself and we really have to love each other and support each other. Believe me when I sing these words I'm talking... to myself as much as I'm talking to everyone else," she says as tears force her turn around. "Good god!" She faces the podium again to the audience's delight.
"I've said for years I'm not getting married until any two people in this country can get married. So thank f*cking god we finally crossed that bridge, it took long enough," said Kesha.
"We will not accept sexist double standards anymore. Here in Tennessee right now there are 25 anti-LGBT bills active this session that would roll back LGBT rights and hurt equality. Specifically one bill that would prevent transgender students from accessing appropriate sex segregated facilities consistent with their gender identity. I know people have been talking about that all night, but that's f*cked."
Cue cheers and whoops from all the liberals in Tennessee, seemingly each of whom was in the audience that night.