On Wednesday, Adele rose to the podium at the 2016 Brit Awards to graciously accept a gong for best solo artist. The 'Hello' goddess gushed at being recognized so prominently after being out of the limelight for so long and thanked her label and management "for embracing the fact I'm a woman." She said:
“To come back after so long away and be so warmly received is really lovely, thank you so much. And to all the other girls that are nominated, Thank you for letting me be in your company. You’re all incredible, you’re all amazing and it’s a privilege to be alongside you.”
And while in the spotlight, Adele used her precious stage time to bring up an issue close to her heart. Referencing pop star Kesha's public lawsuit against Dr. Luke, she added:
“I’d also like to take this moment to publicly support Kesha.”
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The artist claims Dr. Luke psychologically and physically abused her over a decade ago, reportedly drugging her with pills to knock her out and then proceeding to rape her.
Just the other day, images flooded the internet of Kesha breaking down in court following a severe judicial ruling stipulating that she could not record music outside of her contract terms with Dr. Luke's Sony label.
In response, the young woman issued the following statement:
“All I ever wanted was to be able to make music without being afraid, scared, or abused. This case has never been about a renegotiation of my record contract – it was never about getting a bigger, or a better deal. This is about being free from my abuser. I would be willing to work with Sony if they do the right thing and break all ties that bind me to my abuser. Unfortunately, I don’t think that my case is giving people who have been abused confidence that they can speak out, and that’s a problem. But I just want to say that if you have been abused, please don’t be afraid to speak out. There are places that will make you feel safe. There are people who will help you. I for one will stand beside you and behind you. I know now how this all feels and will forever fight for you the way perfect strangers have been fighting for me.”
With her words at the Brit Awards, Adele joins an array of the industry's most successful women backing Kesha. Over the last few days, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, Lorde, and Lady Gaga have all voiced their support for her.
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