"True Colors" singer, Kesha is will be honored with the Trailblazer Award at Billboard’s Women in Music 11th annual event, which will be held in New York City on Dec. 9. The event will be aired nationally on Lifetime network on Dec. 12.
“By combining artistic fearlessness with unbounded creative energy, Kesha has continually pushed the limits of what was once thought possible in pop music,” said Janice Min, the co-president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group in a statement.
“She’s a force on stage,” Min further said. “An inspiration in person and a true trailblazer for millions of music fans around the world.”
Kesha has a long history of monster hits, and her first single “Tik Tok” remained in the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100 chart for 10 weeks following it’s release in 2010. The song still holds it’s spot as the fifth-best digital sales week ever as upwards of 610,000 units of the single were sold. Debut album, Animal, was on the Billboard 200 in that year and Warrior reached No. 6 in 2012.
Some of Kesha’s greatest hits include “Tik Tok,” “Your Love Is My Drug,” “Die Young,” and “Timber,” which featured rapper Pitbull. Her music has sold 32.1 million digital downloads in the U.S. so far as reported by Nielson Music.
The award is good news for Kesha, who has been embroiled in a bitter legal battle with former producer Dr. Luke since 2014. The singer accused Dr. Luke (real name Lukasz Gottwald) of raping her back in 2014, and more recently, her lawyers asserted that the producer is denying her permission to keep her medical records private in the case.
Buzzfeed reported that Kesha was requested by the court to release nearly 1,000 pages of medical records in the ongoing case. Her California lawsuit against the producer was dropped, but the two are still battling it out in New York City.