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Dr. Luke’s Camp Changes Direction, Kesha Allowed to Perform at BBMAs

Days after rescinding the permission they gave her, Kesha once again has been cleared to perform at this weekend’s Billboard Music Awards by Dr. Luke and his legal team.

On Tuesday, it was announced by Dick Clark Productions that Kesha would no longer be included in the list of performers during the broadcast. “Kesha accepted an invitation to perform on the show and she received written approval from Dr. Luke’s label, Kemosabe Records. Kemosabe subsequently rescinded its approval following a media report on Wednesday, May 11, regarding Kesha’s appearance on the BBMAs.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,” the production company said in a statement provided to Billboard magazine.


The crux of the reason given for Dr. Luke’s camp taking back Kesha’s ability to perform is a concern that Kesha intended to address the ongoing legal dispute between the two parties, something first suggested by TMZ previously.

By Thursday afternoon, after Kesha was joined by Ben Folds in a stirring rendition of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me, Babe,” the same song she was originally supposed to sing at the Billboard awards, the tune from Dr. Luke’s attorneys had changed.

In a statement released to Vanity Fair and other outlets, Kemosabe Records will no longer stand in the way of Kesha’s return to the stage.

“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,” according to the statement. “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.”


Is anyone else hoping that maybe these promises to play nice and behave and keep her opinions to herself will be cast aside? Could make for an interesting show. For what it’s worth, remember that Kesha pledged her performances at the awards show was just to sing, not to make a statement, according to an earlier Instagram post.


Amber Healy

I write about music policy and lawsuits because they're endlessly fascinating.

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