Kesha’s Bob Dylan Tribute At Last Night’s BBMAs Was A Personal And Musical Triumph

As Kesha’s legal dispute with her former producer and mentor Dr Luke continues, it looked as though she might not be able to perform at this year’s Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs).

Last week Dr Luke’s label Kemosabe Records “rescinded” its initial approval for Kesha to sing a Bob Dylan song at the high-profile awards ceremony, apparently because they feared she might use the opportunity to speak about the case on stage. After Kesha reassured Kemosabe that her 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”, approval was granted again and she duly got to pay tribute to Dylan last night.

From a stage in the centre of Las Vegas’s T-Mobile Arena, Kesha delivered an intimate and beautifully nuanced rendition of ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’ backed by Ben Folds on piano and a sole violinist. It was another emotional performance from the resurgent singer that showed once again how strong her voice can be when it’s not drenched in Auto-Tune. Watch Kesha’s take on ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’ below but be warned: you may well get a lump in your throat towards the end.