Kesha Responds to Nixed Billboard Music Awards Performance

By Chika Dunu
Chika Dunu
Chika Dunu
May 18, 2016 Updated: May 18, 2016

Singer Kesha will not take centerstage with a performance at this year’s Billboard Music Awards, as previously believed.

Kesha’s performance was disapproved by Dr. Luke’s label, Kemosabe Records, amid fears the singer will mention the rape allegations against the producer.

“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 to Mashable on May 17. “Kemosabe subsequently rescinded its approval following a media report on Wednesday May 11 regarding Kesha’s appearance on the BBMAs.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.”

According to TMZ, the “Tik Tok” singer intended to have her performance center around the legal battle with the record producer, including having images of the hitmaker. 

Kesha, real name Kesha Serbet took to Instagram to refute claims her performance was intended to bash Dr. Luke.

“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,” she wrote in a caption. “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 musician planned to pay a tribute to Bob Dylan with a song performance of his 1964 track, “It Ain’t Me Babe.”

It has been an uphill battle for the 29-year-old singer against the record producer. Kesha has alleged she’s endured sexual abuse and intimidation for nearly a decade at the hands of Lukasz “Dr.Luke” Gottwald. On April 6, a New York judge dismissed her claims earlier this month, citing an expired statute of limitations and insufficient evidence. 

This year’s ceremony will be hosted by musicians Ludacris and Ciara, and will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Tune in to ABC on May 22, 8 p.m.

Chika Dunu
Chika Dunu