The singer, who has been fighting a very public battle against her alleged abuser Dr. Luke, his label Kemosabe Records and Sony, was set to perform at the Billboard Music Awards this weekend. It has now been announced that she will in fact, not be performing, as Kemosabe has retracted the approval initially granted for her to play. Dick Clark Productions, which runs the event, has given a statement addressing the situation surrounding the pop star’s performance.
Kesha accepted an invitation to perform on the show and she received written approval from Dr. Luke’s record label, Kemosabe Records… Kemosabe subsequently rescinded its approval following a media report on Wednesday May 11 regarding Kesha’s appearance on the BBMAs. Unfortunately, Kesha and Kemosabe have since been unable to come to an agreement for Kesha to perform on the show. Dick clark productions has a long standing relationship with Kesha. We hope that the parties can come to an arrangement such that we can continue that long standing relationship with a performance by Kesha on the Billboard Music Awards stage on May 22nd.”
It is rumoured that the label rescinded approval due to concerns that she would be making direct references to her legal battles with Dr. Luke. Kesha herself has since denied such allegations, stating that she was simple set to perform a tribute to Bob Dylan, singing his It Ain’t Me Babe. There are no other details on the disagreement at this point. While it is hoped that the parties involved will be able to reach an agreement before the even goes ahead on Sunday, but judging by a post shared to Instagram by the singer, that looks to be unlikely.
In her post, which includes a video of Kesha performing, the singer wrote that she had simply been looking forward to performing and was not planning to use the BMAs to call attention to her legal troubles whatsoever. “I was very excited to perform a tribute to Bob Dylan… I just wanted to make very clear that this performance was about me honoring one of my favorite songwriters of all time and has never had anything at all to do with Dr. Luke. I was never going to use a picture of him, speak of him or allude to my legal situation in any way.”
I was very excited to perform a tribute to Bob Dylan by singing a cover of “It ain’t me, babe” at the Billboard awards this year. I’m very sad and sorry to say I won’t be allowed to do this. I just wanted to make very clear that this performance was about me honoring one of my favorite songwriters of all time and has never had anything at all to do with Dr. Luke. I was never going to use a picture of him, speak of him or allude to my legal situation in any way. I simply wanted to sing a song I love to honor an artist I have always looked up to. thank u all for the continued support.