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Kesha delivers emotional rendition of Lady Gaga’s ‘Til It Happens to You’

By Will Stroude

Kesha left the audience at an Los Angeles charity event stunned this weekend after delivering a raw and emotional rendition of Lady Gaga’s ‘Til It Happens to You’ live on stage.

The Die Young singer performed the track, which was co-written by Diane Warren and originally featured on sexual assault documentary The Hunting Ground, at the Humane Society’s To the Rescue! Gala in Los Angeles on Saturday night (May 7).

“I want to dedicate this song to every man, woman, child, animal, that has ever been abused.” Kesha told guests, before delving a raw and haunting performance, with Warren on piano, which ended with the singer in tears and the audience on their feet.

The performance comes following months of legal wrangling with her record label Sony, and a series of high profile sexual assault allegations made against her long-time collaborator and producer Dr Luke.

In a Instagram post the next day, Kesha paid tribute to Warren and Gaga for the song, which was nominated for ‘Best Original Song’ at this year’s Oscars.

“THANK GOD for @ladygaga. Till it happens to you (written by the fucking genius @warren_diane + gaga) is such a vulnerable display of courage and hope”, the 30-year-old wrote. “Thank you both so much for bringing that message to the world in the form of such a beautiful song.”

She continued: “It was an honour to perform it last night. We are lucky to have you both. With enough guts, strength and truth, WE CAN change the system. When women empower each other instead of tear each other down, we can fucking change the world. The truth can’t be stopped. Love u girls.”

The performance also caught the attention of Lady Gaga herself, who reiterated her own support for the singer in a tweet yesterday, and admitted she could “feel your pain”.

After her time in legal limbo, Kesha recently made a return to music with German producer Zedd, after being given permission by Dr Luke and Sony to collaborate with him on the track ‘True Colours’. Give it a listen below:

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