Wednesday night, Kesha joined Ben Folds on stage at his concert in Los Angeles for a performance, which included the song she was going to sing at the Billboard Music Awards. The duo surprised the audience with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe,” Folds’ “Fighting It” and “Rock This Bitch,” and a partial cover of Kesha’s own “Sleazy.”
“Thanks for letting me share your stage, your band, your audience, your humor, your songs. thanks for believing in me,” Kesha wrote on Instagram before revealing Folds’ records helped get her through high school. She went on to thank Folds “for being a good friend in this scary business.”
Kesha was supposed to cover Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe” this weekend at the Billboard Music Awards until her label, Kemosabe Records, rescinded their agreement and canceled the performance. “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,” Kesha posted to Instagram.
Following news of the canceled performance, Kesha’s mom, Pebe Sebert, went off on Twitter about her daughter no longer being able to perform. She questioned the legal system that had failed her daughter and asked why a label would ever cancel their artist’s show. “Are KEMOSABE’s actions today the actions of a record label that is trying to promote the success of their artist? Wouldn’t any record company fight to have their artist have the exposure to millions?” Fortunately, no one could stand in the way of Kesha taking the stage last night to perform. Watch all of their performances below.
dear Mr. ben folds, thank u for tonight. thanks for letting me share your stage, your band, your audience, your humor, your songs. thanks for believing in me. thanks for being a positive and encouraging human in my life. thanks for ur records that got me through high school. thanks for being a genius composer. thanks for being nice when we work together. thanks for letting me play a Bob Dylan cover with you. thanKs for being a good friend in this scary business. and lastly. thanks for cleaning my wine glass with ur old man panties. ur an A class gentleman. love you fucker❤️@murkanpianist
A photo posted by Kesha (@iiswhoiis) on May 19, 2016 at 1:56am PDT