Kesha is making headlines once again, this time for a bold move during her live performances. The singer has decided to drop Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs‘ name from her iconic track ‘TiK ToK’ following recent accusations of rape and sexual abuse against the rapper.
In a recent performance, Kesha notably altered the lyrics, replacing the original “Wake up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy” with a resolute “Wake up in the morning feeling just like me.” The decision to edit the lyrics comes in the wake of a lawsuit filed last week by R&B singer Cassie (Cassandra Ventura), accusing Combs of rape, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and mental abuse. Ventura and Combs were romantically involved between 2007 (when she was 21) and 2018.
Kesha replaced the “P. Diddy” lyric during her performance of “Tik Tok” at her concert. https://t.co/hy0a1SIYag— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) November 19, 2023
In response to the federal lawsuit, Combs vehemently denied all allegations through his lawyer, Ben Brafman, stating, “Mr. Combs vehemently denies these offensive and outrageous allegations.” Brafman further revealed that Ventura had demanded $30 million from Combs, under the threat of writing a damaging book about their relationship—an offer he rejected as blatant blackmail.
Ventura’s lawyer, Douglas Wigdor, countered by disclosing that Combs had previously offered Ventura “eight figures to silence her and prevent the filing of this lawsuit,” which she rejected. However, the legal drama took an unexpected turn when it was announced the following day that Combs and Ventura had settled their lawsuit “to their mutual satisfaction.”
Kesha’s decision to edit the lyrics of ‘TiK ToK’ underscores the growing impact of the #MeToo movement within the music industry. It also resonates personally with Kesha, who, in 2014, filed her own sexual abuse lawsuit against producer Dr. Luke. Despite Dr. Luke’s denial and countersuit, the two parties reached a settlement in the defamation lawsuit earlier this year, just a month before it was slated to go to trial.
As Kesha continues to use her platform to express solidarity with survivors and advocate for change, her recent lyrical modification adds another layer to the ongoing conversation surrounding accountability and justice in the world of music.