Kesha Will Perform at 2016 Billboard Music Awards
"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," dick clark productions said in a statement to Billboard.
On Tuesday, dick clark productions released a statement saying Kesha was not able to perform at the awards show because Dr. Luke's record label, Kemosabe, had rescinded its permission. But earlier Thursday (May 19), Kemosabe reinstated that permission, saying that Kesha had assured the label that she would not discuss their ongoing legal battle stemming from the singer's allegations that Luke raped her. "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."
In an Instagram photo posted on Wednesday, Kesha revealed that she plans to cover Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me, Babe" for the performance, which she also sang with Ben Folds at L.A. Orpheum Theater later that night.
The Billboard Music Awards air Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC.
The owner of The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard has an ownership stake in dick clark productions, which produces the Billboard Music Awards.