"Til It Happens To You" was featured in The Hunting Ground, a documentary about sexual assault

By Lindsay Kimble
May 08, 2016 10:25 AM
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Kesha struggled to hold back her emotions during a powerful performance of Lady Gaga and Diane Warren’s song “Til It Happens to You” at the Humane Society’s Los Angeles Gala on Saturday night.

Taking the stage alongside honoree Warren at Hollywood’s Paramount Studios, Kesha wiped away tears and told attendees, “I want to dedicate this song to every man, woman, child, animal, that has ever been abused ”

After singing the Oscar-nominated song – which was featured in The Hunting Ground, a documentary about sexual assault – Kesha struggled to catch her breath, crying while sharing a hug with Warren.

“Killed it Kesha. I could feel your pain. Girl these boys won’t be in charge forever. The wisdom of women is rising. Let’s get louder,” Lady Gaga later tweeted.

Kesha recently returned to the stage in mid-April amid her ongoing legal battle with producer Dr. Luke.

The “Die Young” singer, 29, filed suit against Luke in October 2014, alleging that he had repeatedly drugged, raped her and verbally and emotionally abused her. Luke has adamantly denied the allegations, and most of Kesha’s claims were dismissed in a New York court.

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Kesha’s request for a preliminary injunction to put her contracts with Sony and Dr. Luke on hold was denied in February.

Numerous celebrities have spoken out in support of Kesha – as well as Lady Gaga, who has also been candid about her experience with sexual abuse.

“You never know who you might be saving or inspiring by talking,” AnnaLynne McCord previously told PEOPLE. “To have these stars share their stories, it is so powerful to a survivor who might feel like nobody knows what they are feeling, who feels alone.”

Reporting by REAGAN ALEXANDER

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