Dr. Luke Lifts the Ban on Kesha’s Billboard Music Awards Performance
Buzzfeed reports that Dr. Luke has received assurances that Kesha won’t turn her performance into a “statement” or use her performance as a platform to attack her legal battle with him.
Dr. Luke’s record label, Kemosabe, told Buzzfeed that they have, in fact, always been in favor of Kesha performing:
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.
On Tuesday, after news broke that Dr. Luke would be blocking her BBMA performance, Kesha took to Instagram to explain that she had no intention of using her performance as a platform to voice her opinions about Dr. Luke or her lawsuit, that she only wanted to cover a Bob Dylan song.
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.
Kesha is still in a legal battle trying to get out of her exclusive, multi-record agreement with Kemosabe Records and Sony Music, amidst claims that Dr. Luke sexually and emotionally abused her.
Queen Lady Gaga had this to say about the situation:
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) May 19, 2016