Our Lady Of Glitter And Perseverance, Saint Kesha of the Endless Legal Battles, received a Trailblazer Award at the Billboard Music Awards on Friday. Making reference to her seemingly interminable struggles in the past years, Kesha gave a sincere and moving, lachrymose speech about the importance of staying true to yourself.
"I’ve never really thought of myself as a trailblazer," she said after thanking her fans and supporters. "I’m just as scared and flawed as any person I know. My message has just always been to believe in yourself and love yourself. When I write those words, I do so as a reminder to myself as much as anyone else. I’ve realized along a long roller coaster — Jesus Christ — I’ve realized on a ride of ups and downs, that if I’m lucky enough to have a voice that someone will listen to, then I should use it for good and for truth. This is why I’ve spoken openly about some of my struggles with my crippling anxiety and being in recovery for an eating disorder amongst many other things."
Kesha went on to discuss, very specifically, the difficulties of overcoming her eating disorder, taking issue with society's sick standards of beauty: "The irony is, when I was very very sick and getting sicker, I would hear about how much better and better I was looking, and that is a problem. I decided I want to be part of the solution. And that’s why I decided to stand confident in my ever-changing, totally imperfect body and try to practice the self-worth and self-love that I preach in my music," she said.
She ended the speech with a moment of resilience. "This is a huge reminder that I can’t give up. I have to keep fighting for the truth and I have to keep fighting for my dreams. If I can’t give up, neither can anyone else out there with dreams. Life is hard sometimes, and things don’t always work out the way you planned it, but if you keep on believing and you keep working hard and you keep fighting and you keep showing up for yourself, you can move mountains. Sometimes your journey can take unexpected turns, but that’s the beauty of this life. So, get up and show up for yourself and don’t let anyone stop you, and most importantly, do not let anyone else ever take your happiness. You are worth it. And thank you for reminding me I’m worth it, too," she concluded.
I'M NOT CRYING, YOU'RE CRYING.
You can read the full speech over here.
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