After a long legal battle with Dr. Luke, Kesha made her first reappearance on the BBMA stage. She was absolutely surprised when she looked around when she was finished and saw that the entire crowd was giving her a standing ovation. What a wonderful way for everyone to show their support for Kesha!
Kesha earned a standing ovation as she returned to the stage for the first time since her rape allegations against former producer Dr. Luke were tossed from court.
Dressed in in white, the True Colors star, 29, paid homage to Bob Dylan with a powerful, minimalist cover of ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’ at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday night.
Describing her own performance on Instagram as a ‘form of prayer’ and ‘therapy’, the rendition was all the more remarkable considering it almost never happened after Dr. Luke’s record label, Kemosabe Recrods, tried to halt it.
Kesha was only given the go-ahead to join the line-up on Thursday after Dr. Luke – real name Lukasz Gottwald – agreed she could.
He had become worried she would make a ‘statement’ on stage regarding the allegations he drugged and raped her during the years they worked together.
Taking to Instagram after the awards, an emotional Kesha expressed her gratitude towards the Billboard Music Awards.
She thanked them for allowing her to sing and explained that being on stage ‘literally reaches the untouched corners of my soul.’
Kesha and Dr. Luke, 42, have been locked in a lawsuit since September, 2014, after the singer tried to end her contract with record producer, accusing him of sexual and emotional abuse.
Dr. Luke has categorically denied the allegations and a judge ruled against Kesha in April saying that her allegations were not supported by enough evidence.
Dr. Luke is now suing Kesha for defamation and breach of contract.
Despite the furor surrounding the song, Kesha delivered when it counted, accompanied by pianist and singer songwriter Ben Folds.
She received the support of the star-studded crowd, who all took to their feet to applaud her after the performance.
Earlier she’d put her fighting spirit on show as she arrived on the red carpet in a matador inspired outfit.
She avoided reporters on the red carpet, but gave the press a thumbs up.
It comes after her record label on Thursday reversed a decision to stop her performance amid concerns she would address her failed legal bid against Sony Corp’s Sony Music and producer Dr. Luke.
Kemosabe Records, a unit of Sony Music and founded by Dr. Luke, said in a statement that had initially revoked approval for Kesha’s performance at Sunday’s awards show because it had ‘learned Kesha was to use the performance as a platform to discuss the litigation.’
Kesha, 29, unsuccessfully tried to scrap her six-album recording contract with Sony Music earlier this year in court after filing a sexual assault lawsuit against Dr. Luke in 2014.
‘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,’ the label said.
Billboard Music Awards organizers Dick Clark Productions said in a Thursday statement that it was pleased the singer and her label had come to agreement.
Dick Clark Productions said earlier this week that Kemosabe had rescinded approval for Kesha’s planned tribute to Bob Dylan at the live televised ceremony after a May 11 media report.
Celebrity news outlet TMZ.com, citing unnamed sources, reported on May 11 that Kesha was planning a ‘statement performance’ at the awards show that would be focused on ‘her ongoing legal battle with Dr. Luke’ and ‘might even include images of him.’
Kesha, 29, said in an Instagram post on Tuesday that she had been ‘very excited’ to sing ‘It Ain’t Me, Babe’ as a tribute Dylan and that her performance had no connection to her legal problems with her label or Dr. Luke, whom she has accused of sexual assault.
The singer’s legal case sparked the #FreeKesha campaign on social media and earned support from artists such as Taylor Swift, Adele and Lady Gaga.
She is so strong!!