Lady Gaga backs Kesha after Dr Luke’s label blocks award ceremony performance

Gaga has taken to Twitter to speak out in support of Kesha

Lady Gaga has backed Kesha after it was announced that Dr Luke’s Kemosabe label would not grant the latter singer permission to perform live at an upcoming awards ceremony.

As previously reported, Kemosabe “rescinded their permission” for Kesha to appear at the Billboard Awards this weekend (May 22) in Las Vegas as they feared she would address their ongoing court battle as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 Bob Dylan tribute.

Following the news, Gaga has taken to Twitter to speak out in support of Kesha. “Isn’t it strange that it’s legal to own a woman this way?” she tweeted. “Listen Ursula, we want her voice back. #freeKesha,” Gaga added, comparing Dr Luke to the Disney villain from The Little Mermaid. See that tweet beneath.

Kesha recently addressed the issue herself. Posting about the news on Instagram, Kesha clarified that she had no intention of tackling the legal case she and Kemsabe are currently involved in.

“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,” she wrote.


“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.”

In October 2014, the pop star filed a lawsuit against 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 pop producer.