Kesha was honoured with the Trailblazer award at Billboard's Women in Music 2016 event. The singer, dressed in a shimmery Nudie suit, delivered an emotional and honest acceptance speech at the star-studded award ceremony held in New York city on 9 December.
The Die Young singer admitted she doesn't "feel worthy". She said [via Entertainment Tonight], "I didn't really feel like standing and getting an award ... I didn't feel worthy of that. But I knew I had to drag myself out of my bed, put on my damn boots, walk up here tonight and say thank you to you guys."
The 29-year-old pop star continued, "Thank you so much. You guys are going to make me cry. I'm gonna try to not cry, but it's not going to work. I want to especially thank my fans, who I love and appreciate more than you guys will ever know."
"And to my peers, your support over the last few years has literally saved my life," she added, holding back tears. "I've never really thought of myself as a trailblazer. I'm just as scared and flawed as any person I know. My message has always been to believe in yourself and love yourself just as you are. When I write those words, I do so as a reminder to myself as much as anyone else," she said.
Kesha is currently involved in a legal battle with former music producer DrLuke. She had alleged that her mentor raped and drugged her over a decade ago. In her acceptance speech, Kesha also admitted that she found it "mind blowing" to be honoured after the "very public year" she had.
"Thank you so much for reminding me that what I'm doing is worth it, and thank you for caring. This is a huge reminder that I can't give up. I have to keep fighting for the truth and I have to keep fighting for my dreams. If I can't give up, neither can anyone else out there with dreams," she said.
Tune in to watch Billboard's Women In Music special on 12 December at 9pm ET on Lifetime.