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Kesha’s Stylist Says Her Grammys Suit Represents Her ‘Place of Empowerment’

The “Praying” singer and nominee for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance has not attended the award show since 2010, and a lot has happened since then — including a very public legal battle with producer Dr. Luke starting in 2014, in which she sued the producer, alleging he drugged, raped and verbally, physically and emotionally abused her for years. Dr. Luke denied the allegations. 

Meanwhile, the #MeToo and Time's Up movement that emerged in 2017 has continued to gain force, and now Kesha’s battle against the producer is being looked at with a new lens. In fact, many men and women are wearing white roses as a sign of support for the Time's Up initiative, which fights against gender inequality and abuse in the workplace. 

Hence, it was important that her look tonight — a vintage suit with embroidered white roses on the lapels paired with glittery silver boots — is a nod to her power to overcome obstacles, says her stylist Samantha Burkhart,  both because of the white roses and the suit itself. “This is such big moment for Kesha,” Burkhart tells PEOPLE. “This has been Kesha’s story for the last three years — she lives that story. So, we were very conscientious and aware to make her feel confident. I wanted her to feel beautiful, empowered and strong, as well as sophisticated and glamorous.” 

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