Cyndi Lauper on Performing 'Praying' With Kesha at The Grammys: 'It Was an Act of 'Sisterhood'

Performing “Praying” with Kesha Sunday night (Jan. 28) at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in New York, was "an act of sisterhood. It’s a powerful thing,” Cyndi Lauper told Billboard at the Concord Music Group after-party at Bryant Park Grill. The emotional performance was one of the night’s highlights. 

“We were there to support Kesha” on the song, says the musical icon. In addition to Lauper, Kesha was also joined by Camila Cabello, Andra Day, Julia Michaels, Bebe Rexha and the Resistance Revival Chorus in her best pop solo performance nominated song, which was her first new music following the four-year back-and-forth legal battle she has been in with Dr. Luke over allegations that he sexually assaulted her. He has denied the claims. 

While Lauper may have been there for Kesha, she was also there for all women. “Time’s up on the power struggle,” she said. “Women need a safe work place, and it’s not one. We’re 51%, we need to stand together.” 

Furthermore, she stressed a more equitable work landscape benefits men and women, as men should realize. “Equality is good for men too. Men need to get their heads out of their asses,” she said. “It’s smelly up there.” It’s also incumbent that people get educated on reasons the #metoo and #timesup movements are happening, she stressed. “Time’s up. We’ve had enough.” 

Following her performance, Kesha thanked the Recording Academy and the women on stage with her on Twitter, while quoting lyrics from the song: “After everything you’ve done I can thank you for how strong I have become.” 

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