Dr. Luke Has Blocked Kesha’s ‘Statement Performance’ at the Billboard Awards
The “Tick Tock” singer will no longer be giving the “statement performance” that would allegedly directly address her ongoing troubles with the Sony producer at the at the 2016 Billboard Awards as originally planned. Billboard released a statement earlier today (May 17, 2016) from Dick Clark Productions explaining that Dr. Luke’s label, Kemosabe Records, has banned Kesha from taking the stage after he caught wind of her plan when it was reported by TMZ.
The remarks read:
“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 Kemosabe subsequently rescinded its approval following a media report on Wednesday May 11 regarding Kesha’s appearance on the BBMAs.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.
Dick clark productions has a long standing relationship with Kesha. 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.”
Kesha since released a statement of her own on the matter. Taking to her personal Instagram, the songstress explained that she only wanted to cover a Bob Dylan song and did not plan to use her televised performance as a platform to voice her opinions about Dr. Luke or her lawsuit against him.
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. 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.