Is Kesha a Genius?

Kesha is a mesh of contradictions. She’s the artist behind party anthems like “Tik Tok,” “We R Who We R,” and “Your Love Is My Drug.” However, Kesha is also a musician who sings emotional ballads, like “Praying.” She spoke at events for empowering women. Some report that Kesha is an actual genius, who has an IQ of over 140. However, this artist also dropped out of high school. Is Kesha a genius? Here’s what we know.

Kesha speaks onstage during The Hollywood Reporter's Power 100 Women In Entertainment
Kesha speaks onstage during The Hollywood Reporter’s Power 100 Women In Entertainment | Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter

Kesha first rose to popularity with songs like ‘Tik Tok’

Fans first met Kesha over ten years ago, with songs like “Tik Tok” and “Your Love Is My Drug.” However, this artist stood out as unique since she was a child. She only used that image to her advantage, creating quirky music videos throughout her career.

She used to brush her teeth with a bottle of Jack. Now, the artist has come to represent female empowerment. Within recent years, the “Tik Tok” artist spoke out about her abusive producer, Dr Luke. According to Rolling Stone, Dr Luke “sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally abused [Kesha] to the point where [she] nearly lost her life.” Following the decision of the lawsuit, Kesha came to represent empowered women during the “Me Too” movement.

Some report that Kesha is a genius, who would sit in on college classes for fun

A vast majority of sources agree that Kesha has an unusually high IQ. According to Medium, “The primary source of Kesha’s IQ is Kesha herself. Would she have a reason to lie or exaggerate? … The bottom line is that she’s the source. Although she dropped out of high school, according to her, she was in the IB program and took AP classes, and scored high on her SAT.”

Whether or not Kesha took the class, some noticed that “Theory of Knowledge” is an IB course. Moreover, Theory of Knowledge is often abbreviated as ToK, and one of Kesha’s most popular songs is called “TiK ToK.”

According to More, the artist “scored a 1500 on her SAT’s, and she didn’t even attend college. In high school, Kesha loved sitting in on college lectures about the Cold War —for fun.”

Kesha’s newest album, entitled ‘High Road’ premieres within the upcoming months

Although there is no definitive answer, besides Kesha’s word, that she has an IQ of over 140, some suggest that the clearest indications are in her music. Kesha’s upcoming album, High Road, is a departure from her earlier music in terms of visuals. However, the iconic Kesha vocals are still there. During an interview with Rolling Stone, the artist discussed her stylistic choices for this upcoming album.

“On the last record, I feel like I had to address some very serious things, and now this time around I have reclaimed my love of life,” Kesha said. “To quote one of my favorite songs of all time I’ve decided to ‘fight for my right to party!’ On my own terms. I won’t be defined by my past, but I will learn from it. I am so happy, and I hope that happiness is infectious.”

Music by Kesha, including her song “Praying,” is available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and most music platforms.