Kesha fought back her emotions as she accepted an award for advocating on LGBT rights.
The We R Who We R star was given the Visibility Award by the Human Rights Campaign Nashville on Saturday.
The 29-year-old spoke at the dinner, held in her home town on Saturday, said: “As many of you know I am going through some personal things that have been really intense and hard lately and I just want to say thank you for the support I have received.”
She referred to an ongoing battle to be released from her record label.
Kesha last month lost a court case to be released from the label with producer Dr Luke, who she alleges raped her.
As she welled up and stepped back from the microphone, the star was egged on by the audiences’ cheers.
“My message today is don’t be afraid to speak up against any injustice you experience,” Kesha went on.
“Don’t let people scare or shame you into changing the things about you that make you unique.”
The bisexual star filed her lawsuit against the producer, real name Lukasz Gottwald, back in 2014.
She alleges “mental manipulation, emotional abuse and sexual assault” against the producer, and says he has refused to allow her to record new music.
Since the ruling against Kesha, she has seen an outpouring of support from fellow celebrities as well as fans.