Kesha’s performance at last night’s Billboard Awards was mind-blowing. Natch.
Yep, despite it being her first awards show performance in three years, the star certainly hasn’t lost her mojo.
Dressed in a chic white suit complete with quirky embroidery and Gucci-esque neck tie, the artist received a standing ovation following her emotional cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘It Ain’t Me, Babe’.
For a while, it looked as if Kesha’s performance wouldn’t go ahead at all. Last week, she took to Instagram to announce that her record label boss, Dr Luke – who she has accused of rape and emotional abuse – had refused to grant her permission to sing at the Billboards.
However, Dr Luke denied the claim affirming that as long as the performance did not reference their ongoing legal disputes, the show could go on.
Kesha said: “I just wanted to make very clear that this performance… has never had anything at all to do with Dr Luke. I was never going to use a picture of him, speak of him or allude to my legal situation in any way.
“I simply wanted to sing a song I love to honour an artist I have always looked up to.”
An official comment from Kemosabe Records obtained by E! News, meanwhile, states that: “Kesha’s performance on the Billboard Music Awards was always approved, in good faith. 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.”
Kesha continues to fight for permission to leave her legal contract with Dr Luke’s division of Sony Records. By law, she is obligated to record a further six albums.