Dr. Luke's Label Isn't Letting Kesha Perform at Billboard Music Awards Anymore (UPDATE)

Dr. Luke’s Kemosabe Records “rescinded its approval” of Kesha’s performance at the Billboard Music Awards on May 22. She went on IG to dispel previous rumors.

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UPDATE 5/19/16: 

Kesha is scheduled to perform at the Billboard Music Awards, according to the Associated Press. Dr. Luke's Kemosabe Records released a statement that they are agreeing to the performance once again after being assured that it will not reference Kesha and Dr. Luke's lawsuit. "Kesha’s performance on the Billboard Music Awards was always approved, in good faith. Approval was only suspended when Kemosabe learned Kesha was to use the performance as a platform to discuss the litigation," Dr. Luke's Kemosabe Records said in a statement. "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." ​

Kesha hit the stage with Ben Folds to perform the Bob Dylan cover she was going to sing at the awards after it was canceled. Kesha's camp did not immediately respond to Complex's request for comment, but she did take to Twitter to celebrate the news. "Good work animals. 💪 💪🏻 💪🏻 💪🏻 looks like our voices can be heard after all," she tweeted in reference to her fans. Catch Kesha performing at the Billboard Music Awards May 22.

good work animals. 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻 💪🏻 looks like our voices can be heard after all. pic.twitter.com/tQU8T8pcKq

UPDATE 7:35 p.m. EST:

Keshawent on Instagram to dispel previous rumors that her now canceled Billboard Music Awards performance was going to be a "statement performance" that would refer to her current legal battle with Dr. Luke.

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It looks like Kesha will not be performing at this year's Billboard Music Awards after all. Kesha was reportedly planning a "statement performance" that would make direct references to her ongoing legal battle with producer Dr. Luke for the awards show, according to TMZ. However, Kesha and Kemosabe have not been able to come to an agreement for Kesha to perform on the show. 

"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 Complex. "Kemosabe subsequently rescinded its approval following a media report on Wednesday May 11 regarding Kesha’s appearance on the BBMAs."

Interestingly enough, the label did give Kesha permission to release her new song with Zedd, "True Colors."

Recently, Kesha delivered a powerful cover of Lady Gaga's "Til It Happens to You," a song about sexual assault performed by Gaga for the documentary, The Hunting Ground.  She sang the track at the Humane Society gala where she dedicated the performance to “every man, woman, child, and animal that has ever been abused.” Gaga raved about the emotional performance, tweeting, “I could feel your pain. These boys won’t be in charge forever. The wisdom of women is rising. Let’s get louder.”

Killed it @KeshaRose. I could feel your pain. Girl these boys won't be in charge forever. The wisdom of women is rising. Let's get louder 🤘🏽

— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) May 8, 2016

It sounds like dick clark productions isn't giving up hope on having Kesha perform at the event this weekend, telling Complex, "dick clark productions has a long standing relationship with Kesha. 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." As of now, Kesha has not publicly commented on the matter.

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