Kesha’s Billboard Music Awards performance is blocked by Dr Luke’s record label

Las Vegas event is due to be held this weekend

Kesha has been blocked by Dr Luke’s record label Kemosabe Records from performing at the Billboard Music Awards this weekend.

The singer was due to perform at the event in Las Vegas on Sunday (May 22) but a statement from Dick Clark Productions, the producers of the event, said that the “pop star will not, as of now, be able to perform on the show”.

It added: “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 Kemosabe subsequently rescinded its approval following a media report on Wednesday May 11 regarding Kesha’s appearance on the BBMAs.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.”


DCP did say it remained hopeful the parties will come to an agreement before May 22, reports Billboard.

“Dick Clark Productions has a long standing relationship with Kesha,” the company added. “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 22.”

Earlier today, 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.

In October 2014, the pop star filed a lawsuit against the producer who’s real name is Lukasz Gottwald, citing “mental manipulation, emotional abuse and sexual assault”. Dr. Luke countersued for defamation. That case has been on hold since last June.

The singer’s lawyers have now announced their intention to file a motion to lift the stay on the case in California.

“We intend to file a motion to lift the stay and to file an amended complaint in this action,” her lawyer Bo Pearl said. But Dr Luke’s lawyer Christine Lepera, said that she would file a cross-motion to dismiss the action having not been informed of Kesha’s intentions previously.