“I’ve realized through a long roller-coaster 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. For truth,” she said.
The singer spoke about her eating disorder and how recovery has empowered her to help others. “When I was very very sick and getting sicker, I’d hear about how better and better I was looking. And that is a problem. I’ve decided I want to be part of that solution. That’s why I’ve decided to stand confident in my ever-changing, totally imperfect body and try to live up to and practice the self-worth and self-love that I preach in my music.”
She goes on to say how “mind-blowing” it was “to be honored like this after a very public year [she’s] had.”
Kesha has been in the limelight most over the past year for her embroilment with Dr. Luke and the sexual assault case she filed against him. She has also been a strong advocate for LGBTQ rights and mental health awareness.
Her speech continued with the advice to the crowd that: “If you keep showing up for yourself, you can move mountains … Do not let anyone else take your happiness.”
You can watch the Billboard’s Women In Music special on Dec. 12 at 9 p.m. ET on Lifetime.