Earlier this week, we reported that Kesha’s upcoming performance at the Billboard Music Awards had been cancelled by Dr. Luke. Now it seems Dr. Luke and his label, Kemosabe Records, have changed their tune.
On behalf of Dr. Luke, Kemosabe Records provided Us Weekly with the following statement: “Kesha’s performance on the Billboard Music Awards was always approved, in good faith.” The statement also reads that “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.”
Kesha and her producer, Dr. Luke, have been in a highly publicized legal battle since October 2014. She has received support from several celebrities and musicians, most recently from Ben Folds. After learning that Kesha would be prevented from performing her Bob Dylan cover at the BBMAs, he invited her to play at his show in Los Angeles. Yesterday Kesha expressed her appreciation in an Instagram post: “thanks for believing in me. thanks for being a positive and encouraging human in my life. thanks for ur records that got me through high school. thanks for being a genius composer. thanks for being nice when we work together. thanks for letting me play a Bob Dylan cover with you. thanKs for being a good friend in this scary business.”
The Billboard Music Awards will take place on Sunday, May 22.