For the past two years, pop star Kesha (formerly Ke$ha) has been embroiled in a nasty legal battle as she attempts to break free from an iron-clad contract that forces her to work alongside an allegedly abusive producer. So let's all show the late-2000s bad girl we are all rooting for her to win her case and make her comeback by wishing her a very happy birthday!
The "Tik Tok" and "We R Who We R" singer turns 30 today, and it's hard to imagine it has been seven years since the then-23 year old came on the scene with glitter in her hair and lipstick on her teeth. While most pop stars of her day were impeccably put-together, Kesha always seemed to be performing on a hangover… and in last night’s clothes. In short, Kesha was the much-needed anti-pop star, and we loved her all the more for it.
And let us remember these indelible lyrics, from her 2010 smash "Blah Blah Blah": "Don't really care where you live at / Just turn around boy, let me hit that / Don't be a little bitch with your chit chat / Just show me where your dick's at."
Above, celebrate the 30th birthday of one of our all-time favorites with a slideshow and behind-the-scenes video of her super-sexy Maxim shoot.