Kesha to receive Trailblazer Award

It’s been confirmed Kesha has been selected to receive the Trailblazer Award at Billboard Women in Music 2016.

The ceremony, which will take place in New York City this December, will honor the artist for her “artistic fearlessness.”

Co-president of the Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group Janice Min said in a statement: “By combining artistic fearlessness with unbounded creative energy, Kesha has continually pushed the limits of what was once thought possible in pop music.

She’s a force on stage, an inspiration in person and a true Trailblazer for millions of music fans around the world.”

But it hasn’t been all good news for the 29-year-old singer. She was recently in a public feud with Dr. Luke after she asked to be released from her contract and accused him of physical and emotional abuse. This included an “immense pressure to starve” under the direction of the 43-year-old producer.

She stated: “I was under immense pressure to starve myself. And I tried to and almost killed myself in the process … Lyrics that would say, ‘Get that heifer out my face. I’m going to pull your ponytail back because you don’t know me, bitch, you phony trick.’ I was like, ‘O.K., not going to sing that. I will not sing those words. Like, no.’ And then there was this argument about it.”

Meanwhile, Sony had recently confirmed Kesha is working on new music, stating: “Creating a new album takes time, and everyone’s goal is to deliver a high quality album consistent with Kesha’s past releases. We hope to share exciting new music with Kesha’s fans soon.”

Her lawyer, however, was less optimistic about her projects. He stated: Kesha has been trying for six months to record and release new music. Only in the last month, after our last court hearing, has any progress been made, but it is hardly enough. Kesha still has received no commitments on promotion, songs, or even a release date. We hope things turn around fast. Meanwhile, Kesha intends to continue participating in the creative process in the hopes she can meaningfully return to work.”

Elvis Michael

Elvis is a featured writer for Morning Ticker, where this post originally appeared.

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