Sony's biggest star Adele dedicates her Brit Award win to Kesha days after judge ruled singer must stay with the label despite her claims producer raped and drugged her
- Adele dedicated her Best Female win at the Brit Awards on Wednesday night to Kesha, her first of four wins on the night
- She thanked her team for letting her 'embrace the fact that I am a woman' then said 'I would like to take this moment to publicly support Kesha'
- Her speech came after a New York Judge ruled that Kesha must continue to record with Sony despite allegations she was raped by a producer
- Adele is currently the biggest and most profitable artist Sony has on its roster, having sold over 25million copies worldwide of her new album 25
- Kesha released a letter to fans Wednesday saying; ''All I ever wanted was to be able to make music without being afraid, scared, or abused'
- She also added; 'I would be willing to work with Sony if they do the right thing and break all ties that bind me to my abuser'
Kesha just received some support from the biggest star in the recording industry - Adele.
The British singer picked up the award for Best British Female Solo Artist at Wednesday night's BRIT Awards and dedicated her trophy to Kesha.
'To the other nominees, it’s an honor to be standing amongst you. I’d like to thank my management and record label for embracing the fact that I’m a woman and being encouraged by it,' said Adele at the start of her speech.
The 27-year-old then got a bit choked up as she added; 'And I would like to take this moment to publicly support Kesha.'
Adele is currently the biggest and most profitable artist signed to Sony, the same label that last week won a court battle against Kesha when she tried to leave their artist roster because she claims she was raped and drugged by producer Dr. Luke.
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Big statement: Adele dedicated the first award of the night, for Best British Female Solo Artist, to fellow female musician Kesha at Wednesday night's BRIT Awards 2016
Support: Adele's speech came days after a New York Judge ruled that Kesha must continue to record with Sony despite allegations she was raped by a producer (above on Tuesday in LA)
Big night: Adele also took home awards for Best Single, Best Album (above) and a Global Superstar Award
Kesha commented on the case Wednesday, saying in a letter to fans; 'All I ever wanted was to be able to make music without being afraid, scared, or abused. This case has never been about a renegotiation of my record contract – it was never about getting a bigger, or a better deal.
'This is about being free from my abuser. I would be willing to work with Sony if they do the right thing and break all ties that bind me to my abuser.'
This very public support from Adele might make Sony rethink their position, especially if they want to keep their biggest star.
Forbes reported last year that she had only signed to do three albums with Columbia Records, meaning that she has fulfilled her contract with the release of 25.
Her sales are not only vital to that company's entertainment division, but also Sony Corporation, who saw a huge surge in their stock prices last month thanks to the release of their quarterly earnings report which was greatly helped by the release of 25.
That album was also cited as a big part of Sony's $3.3billion gain in market value.
25 has sold close to 10million copies in the United States and over 25million worldwide while Adele's previous album 21 has sold over 15million copies in the US and over 30million worldwide.
Social media exploded just moments after Adele dedicated the award to Kesha, with comments coming from around the globe.
'The fact Adele just showed her support for Kesha in her acceptance speech has made me love her SO much more,' wrote one fan.
'ADELE WON A BRIT AND SHE TOOK HER SPEECH TO SAY SHE SUPPORTS KESHA IM SO HAPPY IM CRYING THIS AWARENESS IS EVERYTHING,' said another fan.
And one fan noted; 'Adele supporting Kesha = a freaking role model for everyone in this world.'
Taylor Swift has donated $250,000 to Kesha while Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus, Fiona Apple and Ariana Grande are among hundreds who have posted messages on Instagram and Twitter to the fast-growing #FreeKesha campaign.
Kesha filed a suit against Dr. Luke in Los Angeles in October 2014 alleging he had drugged her with a 'sober pill' and raped her shortly after her 18th birthday in California and threatened to take away her publishing rights.
In their countersuit filed last year, Sony actually compared Kesha to Adele, saying that the singer could have a comeback and become just as big as the British chanteuse, adding they had invested $11million into her career and she had collected $3million in royalties during her time at Sony.
Kesha responded to this at the time by saying; 'I love Adele, and this has nothing to do with her or any other artist** I never wanted to have a "comeback" because I never wanted to go away.
'Making these comparisons is Sonys way of trying to put a positive spin on a horribly abusive situation they are supporting.'
Spaeking up: Kesha commented on the case Wednesday in a letter to fans
His side: Dr. Luke (above) claims that not only did he not rape Kesha, but that the two never even had sex
Dr. Luke's attorney, Christine Lepera, on Monday again denied Kesha's allegations of rape and emotional abuse and accused the singer and her legal team of conducting a 'trial by Twitter, using a vicious smear campaign to ruin his reputation.'
She said the allegations in Kesha's lawsuit are 'outright lies that have been advanced to extort a contract renegotiation and money.'
Dr. Luke countersued in 2014 and both cases have yet to come to trial.
Lepera said Kesha, who burst on the music scene in 2009, was 'already "free" to record and release music without working with Dr. Luke as a producer if she doesn't want to.'
'Any claim that she isn't 'free' is a myth,' said Lepera.
Dr. Luke meanwhile claims that not only did he not rape Kesha, but that the two never even had sex.
Court documents seen exclusively by Daily Mail Online, filed in October 2014, chronicles a decade of abuse and exploitation so complete that it left Kesha 'broken, damaged and traumatized.'
She 'lived in a prison of abuse, suffering a psychological and physical fallout so severe as to be described as 'life-threatening', requiring her to check into rehab.
She broke down in court after hearing the judge's ruling on Friday before sending out a message to her fans thanking them for the outpouring of support.
Earlier this week a 2011 video emerged showing the pop star saying under oath that producer Dr Luke never drugged her or made 'sexual advances.'
Allegations: Kesha (above on Friday) filed a suit against Dr. Luke in Los Angeles in October 2014 alleging he had drugged her with a 'sober pill' and raped her shortly after her 18th birthday
Odd: In their countersuit filed last year, Sony actually compared Kesha to Adele, saying that the singer could become just as big as the British chanteuse, which Kesha commented on saying she never wanted to have a 'comeback (above)
Kesha released her letter thanking supporters just hours before Adele's speech, saying; 'I'm so, so beyond humbled and thankful for all of the support I've received from everyone. Words cannot really express the emotions I've gone through reading and seeing how amazing everyone has been to me. I can’t believe that so many people all over the world took the time to show me support and love. Other entertainers who knowingly put their own careers at stake by supporting me, I will be forever grateful.
She later added in the note; 'I think about young girls today – I don’t want my future daughter – or your daughter – or any person to be afraid that they will be punished if they speak out about being abused, especially if their abuser is in a position of power.
'Unfortunately I don’t think that my case is giving people who have been abused confidence that they can speak out, and that’s a problem.
'But I just want to say that if you have been abused, please don’t be afraid to speak out. There are places that will make you feel safe. There are people who will help you. I for one, will stand beside you and behind you. I know now how this all feels and will forever fight for you the way perfect strangers have been fighting for me.
'Yes, I am very much a feminist, but more than that, I am a humanist. I believe in supporting my fellow human beings in being SAFE.
'We're all in this together. You are not alone.
'I love you and thank you.'
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