Dr. Luke puts a stop to Kesha's 'statement' Billboard performance
This year we had a reason to maybe tune in to the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday: Kesha promised us a performance that would make a “statement” about her legal battle with Dr. Luke and Sony.
Well, it might not happen after all because Dr. Luke’s label, Kemosabe Records, hasn’t been able to reach an agreement with the singer, a rep for dick clark productions, which produces the show, said in a news release.
“Kesha accepted an invitation to perform on the show and she received written approval from Dr. Luke’s record label, Kemosabe Records,” the statement said. “Kemosabe subsequently rescinded its approval following a media report on Wednesday, May 11, regarding Kesha’s appearance on the BBMAs.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.”
Now Kesha’s saying she wasn’t actually planning to diss Dr. Luke, whom she has accused of emotional and sexual abuse.
According to a lengthy Instagram caption, the TiK ToK singer was going to honor Bob Dylan.
“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,” Kesha 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.”
Thing is, several lines in that song could allude her beef with Dr. Luke, and award show sources told TMZ that was not a coincidence.
Regardless, dick clark productions hopes Kesha and the label will find a solution.
“Dick clark productions has a long standing relationship with Kesha,” the statement read. “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 22nd.”