Kesha finally appeared in front of the public audience after controversies that silenced her for long time. With her powerful cover of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe,” everyone applauded the singer, who was almost unable to perform live.
Ludacris and Ciara introduced the singer-songwriter who was then famous for her electro-pop party anthems with a brief story of how Kesha’s performance can be seen important due to the hesitations whether she can perform in front of the people or not during the Billboard Music Awards 2016, News.com.au reported.
Late last week, Kesha was forced to back out from the said performance because Dr. Luke’s Kemosabe Records cancelled the approval of their request after saying yes to their initial petition.
Kemosabe Records mentioned in their statement released on Thursday that they have rescinded the approval of Kesha’s request to perform in the said event. However, both of the parties were not able to come to an agreement that’s why Kesha was able to perform.
News.com.au previously mentioned that executive Mark Bracco said it would be disappointing if she can’t be able to perform in BBMA the fact that she won’t be singing an original song. “What was being planned would be a great moment and a great performance and a great song, and I hope that they can work it out because we’d really like for her to be on the show Sunday night and really show herself as the great musical artist that she is,” he told.
Rumours circulated that the singer-songwriter used Billboard Music Awards 2016 emotional performance to her legal situation. However, she denied and explained her real intention on her Instagram account.
She said, “I just wanted to make very clear that this performance was about me honouring 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,” she added.
On her Instagram account, she posted a photo of her performing with a caption, “I’m so grateful for tonight and for the @billboardmusicawards_ for allowing me to sing. It’s my form of prayer. [It’s] my therapy. It literally reaches the untouched corners of my soul. Thank you for having me. I have so much gratitude. Thank you so f**king much to my fans I have you to thank for tonight. Thank you for having my back in a way no one ever has before. Ugh so emotional. Love u.”
After Kesha’s act, she received a loud applause and standing ovation from the celebrity-filled crowd.