There is some sad news coming out of Kesha's camp today, the "TiK ToK" singer, who is in the middle of a dispute with her label and producer Dr. Luke, will not be permitted to take the stage at the Billboard Music Awards this Sunday.
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Dick Clark Productions, the company that oversees the awards show released a statement yesterday that revealed that the performance was cancelled by her producer, Dr. Luke, and his label (and hers) Kemosabe Records.
Most believe that this is due to fear that the singer would speak out against the producer over allegations that he sexually abused her during their time working together.
"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. "Kemosabe subsequently rescinded its approval following a media report on Wednesday May 11 regarding Kesha’s appearance on the BBMAs.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."
Regardless of the dispute, Dick Clark Productions hopes that they will change their mind and allow the Sony-signed singer to perform at the event.
"Dick Clark Productions has a long standing relationship with Kesha,” the company added. “We hope that the parties can come to an arrangement such that we can continue that long standing relationship with a performance by Kesha on the Billboard Music Awards stage on May 22nd."
Not long after the announcement, Kesha took to Instagram to respond to the news after days of teasing it.
"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," she wrote. "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."
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.
According to TMZ, Dr. Luke halted the performance because she was going to make a "statement" about her legal war with him.
Dr. Luke has strongly denied Kesha’s claims of abuse. "I didn’t rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her,” he tweeted on February 22. "Kesha and I were friends for many years and she was like my little sister."
This also goes directly against what Sony has said about the continued relationship between the two: “Sony has made it possible for Kesha to record without any connection, involvement or interaction with Luke whatsoever, but Sony is not in a position to terminate the contractual relationship between Luke and Kesha,” Scott A. Edelman, an attorney representing the music conglomerate, told The New York Times. “Sony is doing everything it can to support the artist in these circumstances, but is legally unable to terminate the contract to which it is not a party.”
It looks like it is definitely going to get in the way.
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Since speaking out, Kesha has received support from fellow female artists such as Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato.