The singer gave an emotional speech as she accepted the award in her hometown of Nashville.
Kesha has been honoured with the Visibility Award by the The Human Rights Campaign in Nashville. The singer was recognised for her support of the LGBT community and for speaking out against bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.
Kesha has received the The Human Rights Campaign’s Visibility Award.
Accepting the award, Kesha referenced her recent struggles which have seen her embroiled in a contract dispute with Sony. Last month a judge denied her request to be freed from her contract with Sony and producer Dr. Luke, whom she has accused of physically, mentally and sexually abusing her. Dr Luke has always denied the allegations.
"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 told the audience. At points during her speech the singer appeared visibly choked up and had to take a moment to compose herself.
The 29-year-old went on to say that growing up, she was a "misfit" and was drawn to others in the LGBT community. Even after finding success Kesha said she still feels like an outsider and had trouble dealing with criticism she received for just being herself.
"My message today is don't be afraid to speak up against any injustice you experience," she continued. "Don't let people scare or shame you into changing the things about you that make you unique. We can't be afraid to fight for our dignity. These are our basic human rights.”
Last week Kesha publicly thanked Lady GaGa for her Oscars performance of song ‘Till It Happens To You’, which featured survivors of sexual violence. On Instagram Kesha wrote: ‘Thank u @ladygaga and @vp for bringing attention to sexual assault at the oscars. It hit very close to my heart for obvious reasons. #ItsOnUs.’