Kesha’s performance on the upcoming Billboard Music Awards was cancelled by her label Kemosabe Records and her producer Dr Luke. They have been on a “legal” war since the “Tik Tok” singer accused the latter of sexual abuse.
Dick Clark Productions- the one who organises the yearly event released a statement on Tuesday, May 17, as per Us Weekly. But then, the organisers is still hopeful that Kesha will be able to perform at the music awards.
“Kesha accepted an invitation to perform on the show and she received written approval from Dr Luke’s record label, Kemosabe Records,” DCP stated. “Kemosabe subsequently rescinded its approval following a media report on Wednesday, May 11 regarding Kesha’s appearance on the BBMAs.”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.” Lastly, they stated that “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.”
TMZ reports that Dr Luke and Kemosabe productions did not allow Kesha to perform her cover of Bob Dylan’s “It ain’t me babe” because they were allegedly threatened that the blonde singer will say something against them. After the announcement, Kesha voiced out her thoughts on Instagram:
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.
The singer has been fighting legally against her producer after the alleged rape. Dr Luke has been denying the claims and reportedly said that the artist and her family are just trying to ruin his reputation for money. He also pointed out that Kesha cannot even explain why she continued to sign a deal with Kemosabe records.
But Sony, which is the parent company explained that they cannot break her business ties with the accused due to the fact that they are “not in a position to terminate the contractual relationship.”
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