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Kesha’s powerful BBMAs performance demonstrated why she doesn’t need Dr. Luke

Tonight’s Billboard Music Awards were chock full of moving performances, but perhaps none more touching than Kesha’s cover of the Bob Dylan hit “It Ain’t Me, Babe.” As of a few days ago, it was unclear as to whether Kesha would even be allowed to take the stage, as her never-ending feud with Dr. Luke threatened to once again ruin everything. Shockingly, Kemosabe Records reversed course and allowed her to perform alongside Ben Folds.

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Kesha BBMAs
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Thanks goodness somebody at Kemosabe saw the light, because we almost missed out on an amazing moment. Kesha is a far greater talent than she let on in “Tik Tok,” and she proved it tonight. There were no crazy staging effects to accompany her performance, but really, none were needed. Her voice was more than enough on its own.

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Of course, there was more to Kesha’s performance than gorgeous vocals. The impact was made that much greater by the trials and tribulations she’s faced these past few months. Whether or not you believe her allegations of sexual assault, it’s clear that she has been yanked around by her label and basically held hostage. Her current situation is every artist’s nightmare.

Kesha at the BBMAs
Image: ABC

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Fellow celebrities are very empathetic to Kesha’s plight, and several have spoken out in her favor. Tonight, many cheered her on in the crowd, while others paid homage on Twitter and Instagram. From YouTube sensation Ricky Dillon to The Voice‘s Jeffery Austin and even the lovely Laverne Cox — everybody loved Kesha!

There’s something to be said for the concept of suffering for your art. Obviously, no reasonable person would ever wish a full-blown record label battle on an influential pop artist, but if there’s a silver lining to this horrible, horrible situation, it’s that it has inspired Kesha to take control of her own destiny as a musician. Sure, her freedom is still greatly limited, but the Kesha we saw on stage tonight was nothing like the Kesha we were once accustomed to. Today, she’s more than a source of catchy party anthems; she’s a source of strength for other young women who struggle with eating disorders, depression, and a whole host of other issues. She demonstrated her ability to rise above her circumstances tonight, and I expect to see more of this emerging artistry in the future.

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What did you think of Kesha’s performance at the Billboard Music Awards? Were you touched by her Bob Dylan cover, or do you have little sympathy for her plight? Comment and share your opinion below.

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2016 BBMA red carpet slideshow
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