Kesha took to Instagram earlier this week to express sadness that her performance had been canceled, over fears that she would use her time on stage to discuss her ongoing legal battle with producer Dr. Luke.
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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.
But there’s definitely a light at the end of this tunnel, because it turns out Kesha’s performance of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe” is officially back on.
“We are pleased that Kesha and Kemosabe Records have reached an agreement and very much look forward to having Kesha perform on the Billboard Music Awards this Sunday night on ABC,” Dick Clark Productions said in a statement to Billboard.
The company revealed in their statement that Kesha’s performance at the award show (due to take place this Sunday, May 22) was “always approved in good faith” adding that “approval was only suspended when Kemosabe learned Kesha was to use the performance as a platform to discuss the litigation.”
However, 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.”
And how does Kesha feel about her performance being given the green light?
We think it’s safe to say she’s elated. Kesha took to Instagram to share a post which reads, “You and I are more than friends. We’re like a really small gang.” She captioned the post with a very special message for her fans, giving them credit for the change of decision. She wrote, “good work animals. looks like our voices can be heard after all.”
Kesha’s message reminds us all of the important role that fans can have in an artist’s career and just how influential they can be — and clearly her fans are thrilled with the news.
Comments include, “I’m always on your side #KeshaForever,” “I cannot wait to see you perform on Sunday at the BBMAs!!! You are seriously amazing! I can’t even contain my excitement right now!!! @iiswhoiis,” and “Together we can change the world.”