Global pop icon and committed animal advocate Ke$ha will receive the prestigious Wyler Award at The Humane Society of the United States’ 2013 Genesis Awards Benefit Gala on Saturday, March 23, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. The HSUS’ Wyler Award is one of the animal protection organization’s highest honors and is bestowed on a celebrity or public figure for increasing awareness of animal issues via the media.
Humane Society International’s first Global Ambassador for animals, Ke$ha balances her hectic career as a platinum recording singer/songwriter and one of the world’s most dynamic performers with her outspoken stance on critical animal protection issues.
Ke$ha has spread the word about street dogs, the trophy hunting of endangered lions, shark-finning, Canada’s commercial seal slaughter, dogfighting and cruelty-free cosmetics, among many other important animal welfare concerns, highlighting a different animal issue each month on her website and urging her massive fan base and social media following to take action for animals.
“It means so much to me to be recognized by The Humane Society of the United States because advocating for animals is second nature to me,” said Ke$ha. “My affinity with animals and the natural world inspires me and my music. I don’t understand how anyone can justify abusing or exploiting animals, and as long as it continues, I intend to keep talking about it.”
“The animals have a bold and passionate ambassador in Ke$ha, who is not known for holding back on what she thinks,” says Beverly Kaskey, senior director of The HSUS’ Hollywood Outreach and executive producer of The HSUS’ Genesis Awards Benefit Gala. “The Humane Society of the United States is grateful to Ke$ha for informing her millions of fans worldwide about new and ongoing threats to our fellow creatures, while connecting them to resources that enable them to take action.”
Global superstar Ke$ha has taken the world by storm since the release of her debut album “Animal” in 2010. That year she was declared Billboard's Hot 100 Artist and her smash debut single, "TiK ToK," was named Billboard's #1 Hot 100 Song, was the most played song of that year and was the biggest-selling digital track in the world. Her debut album “Animal” has sold over 2.5 million units worldwide, and Ke$ha has had seven consecutive Top 10 hits including four #1 singles in "TiK ToK," "Your Love Is My Drug," "We R Who We R," and the latest, "Die Young." Ke$ha recently released the track "C'Mon," the second single from her critically acclaimed second album, "Warrior."
The Wyler Award is named after former Broadway actress, animal advocate and founder of The Genesis Awards, Gretchen Wyler. Ke$ha joins Wyler Award alumni Sir Paul McCartney, Hayden Panettiere, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, Kristin Davis and Ian Somerhalder.
Honoring the news and entertainment media for their role in raising awareness of animal issues, The HSUS’ Genesis Awards Benefit Gala marks 27 years of inspiring change for animals, with this year’s event benefitting three of the organization’s top animal welfare priorities: Pets for Life, Chimps Deserve Better and Farm Animal Protection.