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 “Kemosabe subsequently rescinded its approval following a media report on Wednesday May 11 regarding Kesha’s appearance on the BBMAs.”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