Today, HRC announced that multi-award winning singer, songwriter and rapper Kesha will be honored at the 21st Annual HRC Nashville Equality Dinner on Saturday, March 5, 2016, with HRC Nashville’s Visibility Award. The award will be presented by none other than critically acclaimed pop singer and songwriter Wrabel – who will also perform at the event which raises crucial funds in the fight for full LGBT equality.
“Kesha has unapologetically used her influence and international platform to bring attention to the challenges faced by the LGBT community,” said Blake Brockway, co-chair of this year's dinner. ‘We are proud to welcome her to the HRC Nashville Equality Dinner and honor her with this year’s Visibility Award.”
Kesha’s first album, Animal, debuted at number one in the United States in 2010 after her breakthrough appearance on rapper Flo Rida’s number-one single, “Right Round,” in 2009. She has claimed two number-one singles, including “We R Who We R” and “Tik Tok,” which itself sold over 14 million units internationally making it among the best-selling digital singles in history. As a songwriter, her hits written for other artists include “Till the World Ends,” sung by Britney Spears. In 2012, Kesha’s second album, Warrior, brought her eighth top-ten single, “Die Young.” Kesha been nominated for over 60 awards, and won the MTV Europe Music Award for Best New Act in 2010, among numerous others.
Kesha will be honored at the event with HRC Nashville's Visibility Award, which recognizes the outstanding efforts of those who use their incredible talent and visibility to help better the lives of LGBT people. An outspoken advocate who refuses to accept labels, Kesha has used her spotlight to bring attention to the bullying and harassment that many LGBT young people continue to face. In an interview with Seventeen magazine, she said, “I'm all about standing up to gay/lesbian/transgender bullying, but it’s also about my little brother. He's 13 and he gets made fun of because he has a stutter. I just have zero tolerance for people making fun of others."
The award will be presented to Kesha by none other than critically acclaimed pop singer and songwriter Wrabel, who will also perform.
"Wrabel is an incredibly talented rising star, and we are thrilled that he will be performing at our HRC Nashville Equality Dinner," said Brockway. "We are looking forward to an inspiring performance that will make the evening even more memorable."
When Wrabel’s first single “Sideways” was featured on iTunes, it was downloaded nearly half a million times and Nylon magazine said the song was “Stocked with the soulfulness of a Sia or Sam Smith, and a melodic pop DNA that throws back to icons like Paul Simon.” He has performed on various global platforms including Good Morning America, VH1’s Fashion Rocks and at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami alongside Dutch DJ Afrojack who remixed Wrabel’s hit song “Ten Feet Tall.” Wrabel has written songs for Phillip Phillips, Adam Lambert, Will Young and Prince Royce and is consistently called upon by top producers in the music industry. Described as a “poignant, funky track that’s all his own,” BuzzFeed News named Wrabel’s “I Want You” as number 10 on it’s list of “The 30 Most Criminally Underrated Pop Songs Of 2015.”
The 21st Annual HRC Nashville Equality Dinner – "Stronger Together: Moving Equality Forward" – will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel. The yearly event raises critical funds in the fight for full LGBT equality and is an exciting opportunity for local supporters of LGBT equality to come together for an inspirational evening. To purchase tickets to the HRC Nashville Equality Dinner or receive more information about the event, please visit www.hrc.org/nashville.
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