Kesha Planned to Cover Bob Dylan at Billboard Music Awards

Kesha performs in 2016
Angela Weiss/Getty Images for The Humane Society

Kesha performs onstage during The Humane Society of the United States' to the Rescue Gala at Paramount Studios on May 7, 2016 in Hollywood.

After it was announced Tuesday (May 17) that Kesha no longer had approval from Dr. Luke's Kemosabe Records to perform at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, the singer took to Instagram to express her disappointment and reveal what she had planned for Sunday's show.

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In an Instagram post, Kesha wrote that she wanted to cover Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me, Babe" at the show and said, contrary to earlier reports, her performance would not be related to her ongoing legal battles with Dr. Luke based on allegations that the producer raped her.

"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," Kesha wrote. "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."

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According to dick clark productions, which produces the Billboard Music Awards, Dr. Luke's label Kemosabe Records had initially approved Kesha's performance at the awards show but later rescinded that approval. 


The owner of The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard has an ownership stake in dick clark productions, which produces the Billboard Music Awards.

Billboard Music Awards 2016


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