Billboard Women In Music 2016 awards were meant for those ladies who stood out in the year, overcoming personal obstacles and contributing their talent to music and beyond. One such pop star is none other than Tik-Tok singer, Kesha, who has had a tumultuous year with her very-public lawsuit against her producer, Dr. Luke related to sexual assault charges. Though she hasn’t been as triumphant on the legal front, Billboard made it a point to honor her at their annual award show specially for women in the industry – Kesha picked up the Trailblazer Award for the night.
After being introduced by singer/songwriter Wrabel, she was handed the prestigious trophy by Charlie XCX, and the singer was visibly fighting back tears as she gave a very powerful, very typical “Kesha” type speech –
I want to especially thank my fans who I love and appreciate more than you guys will ever know. To my peers, your support over the past few years has literally saved my life.
It’s mind-blowing to be honored like this after a very public year I’ve had. I feel stuck and I feel sad, and quite frankly, today I feel bloated. This is a huge reminder that I can’t give up and I have to keep fighting for my truth and keep fighting for my dreams.
If you keep showing up for yourself, you can move mountains……Do not let anyone else take your happiness.
The star has had a difficult year with music, since she is bound by contract to Dr. Luke to produce more albums with him, and cannot do so under any other label. However, she has managed a couple of public performances, as well as toured with her band, Kesha and the Creepies this past summer. Not only that, but she still remains vocal about women’s rights and openly supports the LGBTQ community.
Other awardees for the night for the Billboard Women In Music 2016 were –
Madonna – Woman of the Year
Shania Twain – Icon
Halsey – Rising Star
Andra Day – Powerhouse
Meghan Trainor – Chart Topper
Maren Morris – Breakthrough Star
Alessia Cara – Rule Breaker
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