Kesha’s Billboard Music Awards performance is now approved by Dr Luke’s label

Singer will be now allowed to pay tribute to Bob Dylan at the event on Sunday (May 22)

Kesha‘s planned performance at the Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) this weekend has now been approved by Dr Luke’s Kemosabe Records.

The label said in a statement today (May 18): “Kesha’s performance on the Billboard Music Awards was always approved, in good faith. Approval was only suspended when Kemosabe learned Kesha was to use the performance as a platform to discuss the litigation.

“Now that Kemosabe has obtained assurances, that it is relying upon, from Kesha, her representatives and Dick Clark Productions that neither Kesha nor her supporters will use the performance as such a platform, the approval has been restored.”

After Kemosabe had “rescinded their permission” for Kesha to perform as part of a Bob Dylan tribute at the event this Sunday (May 22), the singer took to Instagram to respond.

“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,” she wrote.

“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,” Kesha 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 later 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.