Fiona Apple Calls Out the Grammys for Nominating Dr. Luke Under a Pseudonym

Fiona Apple accused the Grammy Awards of hypocrisy after the Recording Academy nominated Dr. Luke despite Kesha's explosive sexual assault claims. During her conversation with critic Laura Snapes about the recording process behind her latest album Fetch The Bolt Cutters, Apple mentioned the mid-2000s Free Fiona campaign launched by her fans, leading her to switch the subject to the Grammys. Dr. Luke produced Doja Cat's record of the year nominee "Say So" under the pseudonym Tyson Trax.


"I'm bringing up the Grammys and that's really something that I shouldn't be doing," Apple said during a recent interview with The Guardian, "but really, Dr. Luke is nominated? They had [Kesha] up there singing 'Praying' and now they're gonna go: 'Oh but it's Tyson Trax!'"


Tyson Trax is one of many pseudonyms Dr. Luke started using in 2014, when Kesha accused the producer of alleged sexual and emotional abuse through a widely-publicized lawsuit. Kesha sought to void her contracts with Dr. Luke and eventually dropped the lawsuit in 2016. The producer has continued to work with artists like Doja Cat, Kim Petras, Saweetie, and DaBaby under his pseudonym.


During the Grammys ceremony in 2018, Kesha delivered a powerful performance of "Praying," a song that's widely interpreted to be about Dr. Luke's alleged abuse. She was joined onstage by a group of female singers, all symbolically wearing suffragette white. Now, if Doja Cat's "Say So" wins, the artist, "Tyson Trax," and the tracks' engineers would all be awarded the trophy on stage.