Jem Aswad

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Jem Aswad is the former editor of Billboard.biz. He has also held senior editorial posts at Spin, MTV News, Time Out New York, ASCAP and CMJ, and has written for New York magazine, Entertainment Weekly, the Village Voice, Esquire, and other publications.

Ben Folds, Kesha and Rob Moose perform at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards

Ben Folds Talks Performing With Kesha at Billboard Music Awards: 'It Is a Declaration of Independence'

When Kesha took the stage at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night, thousands held their breath, waiting to hear if she would make a statement about her ongoing legal battle with former mentor Dr. Luke. But instead, via an understated version of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me, Babe" that put her vocal talents in stunning relief, she let the music do the talking. Ben Folds, who performed with her, told Billboard: "She just really wanted to make the song sound great."

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