Kesha was blocked from singing the Dylan cover at this weekend's BBMAs by Dr Luke
As previously reported, Dr Luke’s record label Kemosabe “rescinded their permission” for Kesha to perform at the Las Vegas awards ceremony on Sunday (May 22) because they feared she would address their ongoing court battle as part of the performance. Kesha was booked to cover ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’ as part of a Dylan tribute.
During his gig at the Orpheum Theatre last night, Folds brought out Kesha to sing ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’ as well his own songs ‘Still Fighting It’ and ‘Rock This Bitch’. The latter featured excerpts from Kesha’s hit ‘Sleazy’, which Folds covered back in 2011. Watch fan footage below of their Dylan cover below.
After Kemosabe blocked her BBMAs appearance, Kesha wrote on Instagram: “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,” she added. “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.”
Lady Gaga has since taken to Twitter to voice her support for Kesha, writing: “Isn’t it strange that it’s legal to own a woman this way? Listen Ursula, we want her voice back. #freeKesha.”
In October 2014, Kesha filed a lawsuit against former mentor and producer Dr Luke (real name Lukasz Gottwald), citing “mental manipulation, emotional abuse and sexual assault”. Dr. Luke countersued for defamation. That case has been on hold since last June.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Kesha has taken up further legal action against Dr Luke after she recently failed in her bid to be released from her contract with the producer.