With grace and gratitude. Adele used her moment in the spotlight at the 2016 BRIT Awards on Wednesday, February 24, to call attention to Kesha’s ongoing court case against renowned music producer Dr. Luke.
After taking to the stage to accept her award for best British Female Solo Artist, the 27-year-old “Hello” singer acknowledged the headline-making legal battle.
“I’d also like to take this moment to publicly support Kesha,” Adele said. “Thank you very much.”
The British hitmaker’s small statement has sent reverberations throughout the Twittersphere, as she is currently one of Sony’s biggest stars. Kesha is currently bound to a six album contract with the company; her charges against Dr. Luke (nee Lukasz Gottwald) include alleged mental, physical and sexual abuse.
Adele strikes me as a woman who loves other women and not in a gay way (unfortunately). https://t.co/JME5vaBQVi— Brienne of Snarth (@femme_esq) February 24, 2016
Adele is the queen of everything👑❤️😭— Hannah Grainger (@xhannah_rebecca) February 24, 2016
ADELE, SONY'S BIGGEST ARTIST RIGHT NOW, SUPPORTED KESHA PUBLICLY IN HER ACCEPTANCE SPEECH!!! #BRITs— P#!L (@PhilTBH) February 24, 2016
ADELE JUST TOOK A MOMENT TO SHOW HER SUPPORT FOR KESHA. THAT IS WHAT THIS AWARD CEREMONY IS ABOUT— anni (@queenkruIe) February 24, 2016
Adele is the latest in a long list of stars to express their support for the 28-year-old “TiK ToK” singer.
Lena Dunham, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Mariska Hargitay and Demi Lovato have also come forward in solidarity with the embattled pop singer since a judge denied her injunction to cut professional ties with Dr. Luke on Friday, February 19.
Earlier in the day, Kesha expressed her gratitude to fans and celebrities alike for standing by her.
“I’m so, so beyond humbled and thankful for all of the support I’ve received from everyone,” she wrote in a post on Facebook. “Words cannot really express the emotions I’ve gone through reading and seeing how amazing everyone has been to me. I can’t believe that so many people all over the world took the time to show me support and love. Other entertainers who knowingly put their own careers at stake by supporting me, I will be forever grateful.”
Dr. Luke directly addressed the accusations in a series of tweets on Monday, February 22.
“I didn’t rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her,” he wrote. “Kesha and I were friends for many years and she was like my little sister. I want to thank all my friends and family who have supported me throughout this. This is an ongoing legal case so I won’t be responding / talking much about this. This should be tried in a court of law.”
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