3. Kesha praised Lady Gaga for her emotional performance of her Academy Award–nominated song, “Til It Happens to You.”
The song was written for the documentary The Hunting Ground, which deals with the issue of sexual assault on university campuses.
Despite significant progress over the last few years, too many women and men, on and off college campuses, are still victims of sexual abuse. And tonight, I’m asking you to join millions of Americans, including me, President Obama, the thousands of students I’ve met on college campuses, and the artists here tonight to take a pledge. A pledge that says, “I will intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given”. Let’s change the culture. We must and we can change the culture so that no abused woman or man, like the survivors you will see tonight, ever feel they have to ask themselves, “What did I do?” They did nothing wrong.
6. Biden’s speech and Gaga’s powerful performance received a standing ovation from the audience.
7. The performance came just days after the culmination of Kesha’s lawsuit against her producer, Dr Luke, who she claims sexually and physically abused her for years.
Kesha’s plea to get out of her contract with Dr Luke was denied by a judge on Friday 19 February. The contract requires Kesha to make six more albums with Sony.