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Watch Kesha’s Emotional Speech After Accepting Human Rights Campaign Award

Kesha

This weekend, pop singer Kesha was honoured with the Visibility Award by the Human Rights Campaign in Nashville. The artist was honoured for using her spotlight to speak out against the bullying of LGBT youth. The singer was very emotional during her speech, tearing up several times.

“My message today is don’t be afraid to speak up against any injustice you experience,” she said during her acceptance speech. “Don’t let people scare or shame you into changing the things about you that make you unique.”

Kesha says she has always been close with the LGBT community as they were outcasts just like her while she was growing up, and she felt she could relate to their struggle. She has always spoken out through her music about feeling like an outcast, even writing the anthem We R Who We R for all those who are victims of bullying.

This honour comes just after artist was denied a request to be freed from her contract with producer Dr. Luke, whom she says sexually and psychologically abused her.

“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 the support I have received,” she told the audience.

Check out Kesha’s full speech below.