Kesha Confirms Dr. Luke Blocked Her Billboard Music Awards Performance

May 17, 2016 By Jordan Miller

She says her original performance was a Bob Dylan tribute and had nothing to do with Dr. Luke in any way.


UPDATE 2: Kesha responded to the situation confirming she will not be allowed to perform at the Billboard Music Awards, and that it had nothing to do with Dr. Luke despite TMZ’s reports.

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.

UPDATE 1: New reports suggest Dr. Luke originally signed off on Kesha taking the stage at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, but now is putting a stop to it after hearing it was a “statement” performance over her legal battle with him.

A rep for **** Clark Productions, which is producing the award show on Sunday, Tells TMZ Dr. Luke’s label, Kemosabe Records, “has been unable to reach an agreement with Kesha for her to take the stage.”

She is still allowed to appear on stage, just cannot sing her own songs.

Censorship at its finest.


Kesha’s reportedly planning a statement act with Dr. Luke front and center in the singer’s crosshairs.

The 2016 Billboard Music Awards is shaping up to be a huge event in pop music with confirmed performances from Britney Spears, Celine Dion and most recently Madonna, who will honor Prince.

And it’s getting bigger.

TMZ reports Kesha is rehearsing a thematic performance that will revolve around her public legal scandal with producer Dr. Luke.

They claim she’s “planning to make direct references to her ongoing legal battle with Dr. Luke … and might even include images of him.”

Last week, Kesha performed a cover of Lady Gaga’s “Till It Happens To You,” a clear indicator she’s channeling her personal struggle through song.

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