After a week of rumors that Kesha would perform at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards this Sunday (May 22), dick clark productions announced in a statement today (May 17) that the pop star will not, as of now, be able to perform on the show. And as with much of Kesha’s recent legal drama, Dr. Luke’s label Kemosabe Records is involved.
“Kesha accepted an invitation to perform on the show and she received written approval from Dr. Luke’s record label, Kemosabe Records,” dick clark productions said in a statement. “Kemosabe subsequently rescinded its approval following a media report on Wednesday May 11 regarding Kesha’s appearance on the BBMAs.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.”
No other details on the disagreement were provided. Billboard reached out to reps for further comment.
Regardless, DCP remains hopeful Kesha and Kemosabe will come to an agreement before May 22.
“Dick clark productions has a long standing relationship with Kesha. We hope that the parties can come to an arrangement such that we can continue that long standing relationship with a performance by Kesha on the Billboard Music Awards stage on May 22nd.”
UPDATE: Kesha has posted a comment about the situation on Instagram, revealing that she intended to cover the Bob Dylan song “It Ain’t Me, Babe.”
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.
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