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Kemosabe backtracks on Kesha awards performance block

By | Published on Friday 20 May 2016


Kesha will now perform at this Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, after Dr Luke’s Kemosabe Records reversed a decision to block her from doing so.

As previously reported, Kemosabe withdrew its permission for the singer to appear at the event, after TMZ reported that she was planning to use it to stage a “statement performance”, which would make “direct references” to her legal battle with Dr Luke that “might even include images of him”.

“Kesha’s performance on the Billboard Music Awards was always approved, in good faith”, said Kemosabe in a statement last night. “Approval was only suspended when Kemosabe learned Kesha was to use the performance as a platform to discuss the litigation”.

It continued: “Now that Kemosabe has obtained assurances, that it is relying upon, from Kesha, her representatives and [Billboard Music Award producer] Dick Clark Productions that neither Kesha nor her supporters will use the performance as such a platform, the approval has been restored”.

In an Instagram post prior to permission being granted again, Kesha said that she had been planning to pay tribute to Bob Dylan and never intended to reference Dr Luke.