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Resistance Revival Chorus Outs ‘You Don’t Own Me’ After Kesha’s Powerful Grammys Performance

 

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There are several major talking points from this year's Grammy Awards show, from Lorde's performance snub, Kendrick Lamar losing yet again, to the wearing of white roses on the red carpet.

It is also the year of the woman in everything but winning awards at Grammys. Out of the 86 statuettes given out, only 17 were awarded to female artists.

One of the biggest moments came when Kesha, introduced via a powerful call-to-arms from Janelle Monáe, took to the stage for a rousing, emotional performance of her hit song "Praying." Flanked by contemporaries Bebe Rexha, Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, and Andra Day. The singer made headlines for her powerful and raw display, bursting into tears at the end of the performance.

She was backed up by The Resistance Revival Chorus on the night. Now, just in time for the anniversary of the women's march, which took on Trump's election in a big way nationwide, the group has released a nicely appropriate cover track.

Taking on Lesley Gore's infamous feminist anthem "You Don't Own Me," the group, comprising of more than 50 women, have taken aim at the current President once more while simultaneously supporting the call for women's rights.

Formed in response to Trump's election in the summer of last year, they aim to raise awareness of women's rights, as well as provide support for incumbent movements such as #MeToo and Time's Up. They also encourage fans to donate much-needed funds and to do whatever they can to rise up against oppression in their communities.

Their support of Kesha makes sense. The singer's Rainbow, which earned her two Grammy nods, was her first album since filing a lawsuit against longtime producer Dr. Luke for sexual assault and battery in 2014. The suit eventually widened to include Sony, her parent label, for their alleged complacency.

This led to injunctions against the singer, which prevented her from releasing any new material or even letting her out of her contract with the record label. The case has yet to be settled, which made Rainbow a moving and emotional performance on the singer's part and an even more powerful record.

"Just as we have the power top shape culture we also have the power to undo the culture that does not serve us," said Monáe in her introduction at the Grammys. 

The Resistance Revival Chorus' inclusion in Kesha's performance was their biggest public moment yet. They first appeared in Times Square back in July, performing a cover of "Rich Man's House" as a message to Trump. They wore all white then, as they, Kesha, and all of the other women onstage with them, did at the Grammys.

Likewise, several celebrities either wore or carried white roses on the red carpet, as a nod to the Time's Up movement.

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