Kesha’s scheduled performance at the Billboard Music Awards has been cancelled following objections from Dr. Luke’s label, according to new reports.
Last week, TMZ reported that Kesha would be making a “statement performance” at the Billboard Music Awards this Sunday (May 22). According to the website, Kesha planned to make “direct references” to her ongoing legal battle with producer Dr. Luke, and “might even include images of him”.
Now, Billboard are reporting that the performance is unlikely to go ahead due to objections from Kemosabe, the record label that Dr. Luke owns and that Kesha is still contracted to. Billboard quote a statement from Dick Clark Productions (who produce the awards ceremony) saying that “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 Kemosabe subsequently rescinded its approval following a media report on Wednesday May 11 regarding Kesha’s appearance on the BBMAs.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.”
Complicating matters still is that Kesha has said that her performance was a cover of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me, Babe” – and that it had nothing to do with Luke. “I’m very sad and sorry to say I won’t be allowed to do this,” she wrote on Instagram under a photo of her strumming a guitar, “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.”