Kesha WILL be performing at this weekend’s Billboard Awards ceremony after all.
Earlier this week, Dr. Luke and his Kemosabe label revoked Kesha’s performance privileges after it was reported she’d be using the stage to make a statement about her sexual assault and current legal battle.
The revocation prompted swift backlash from not only fans, but other celebrities alike — including Lady Gaga and Diane Warren.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) May 19, 2016
What is the point here? To crush her spirit? That won't happen, Kesha is a strong woman. I feel bad for her she doesn't deserve this
— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) May 19, 2016
Kesha took to Instagram to speak out in her defense, assuring everyone that she had no plans to use the performance as a statement — she simply wanted to honor Bob Dylan by performing one of his songs.
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.
Now, Dr. Luke and team confirmed to the New York Times that Kesha is cleared to perform during Sunday’s ceremony.
“Kesha’s performance on the Billboard Awards was always approved, in good faith,” said the label in a statement. “Approval was only suspended when Kemosabe learned Kesha was to use the performance as a platform to discuss the litigation. Now that Kemosabe has obtained assurances, that 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.”
We can’t wait to see it.