Dr. Luke Will Let Kesha Perform at Billboard Music Awards Following Fan Outcry

Power of the people.

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Update, 5/20: In yas-worthy news, Dr. Luke's record label, Kemosabe, has given Kesha the green light to perform after a pretty cringe-worthy misunderstanding that you can read about below. "Kesha's performance on the Billboard Music Awards was always approved, in good faith," their statement (opens in new tab) reads. "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 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."

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Original story, 5/18: Despite recent setbacks (opens in new tab) in her legal case against Sony and Dr. Luke (who she's accused of sexual and emotional assault), Kesha recently made a resolution (opens in new tab) to take her life back. The 29-year-old singer has booked several performances (opens in new tab) in the past few months–one of which was going to take place at the Billboard Music Awards.

Kesha was slated to sing during the May 22 show, but was reportedly nixed from the lineup thanks to Dr. Luke's label, Kemosabe Records, rescinding approval after "news" (opens in new tab) broke that she'd reference their legal battle during the performance.  

Shortly after being canceled from the lineup, Kesha made a statement of her own on Instagram, saying she simply planned to cover a Bob Dylan song, and in no way intended for her performance to reference her legal situation.

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Misunderstanding aside, the issue of whether or not Kesha was going to make a statement is moot. At the end of the day, this boils down to silencing someone who claims she was abused, which is just completely and totally wrong.

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Mehera Bonner
Entertainment Editor

Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.