Earlier this week, we reported that Kesha’s scheduled performance at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night was nixed by Dr. Luke’s record label, Kemosabe Records, following rumors that Kesha planned to use the performance as a platform to bring up the ongoing legal battle between her and the producer. Kesha has since been cleared to sing at the May 22 awards show by the record label, who have revoked the cancellation on the grounds of several stipulations. The label released a statement:
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.
This news comes after a surprise performance by Kesha on Wednesday, when she joined Ben Folds onstage at the Orpheum in Los Angeles, Calif. and sang “It Ain’t Me, Babe,” a song which she was slated to cover at the Billboards. The singer took to Instagram afterward to thank Folds for his support, then again on Thursday afternoon after the restoration of her performance by Kemosabe.
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Dick Clark Productions, who expressed hope that the matter could be resolved in time for the Sunday night show, said, “We are pleased that Kesha and Kemosabe Records have reached an agreement and very much look forward to having Kesha perform on the Billboard Music Awards this Sunday night on ABC.” Watch Kesha cover Bob Dylan’s iconic song below and be sure to catch her performance at the Billboards this weekend.