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Dr. Luke gives Kesha approval to perform at Billboard Music Awards

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Kesha will perform at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, Kemosabe Records confirmed in a statement Thursday.

“Kesha’s performance on the Billboard Music Awards was always approved, in good faith,” read a statement from Kemosabe Records, which is the imprint Dr. Luke has at Sony. Kesha and the producer have been involved in a lengthy legal battle that has spilled into the public on multiple occasions. “Approval was only suspended when Kemosabe learned Kesha was to use the performance as a platform to discuss the litigation,” the statement continued. “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.”

This week, Dick Clark Productions released a statement explaining that Kesha’s performance had been canceled by the label.

“Kesha accepted an invitation to perform on the show and she received written approval from Dr. Luke’s record label, Kemosabe Records,” the production company said in a statement. “Kemosabe subsequently rescinded its approval following a media report on Wednesday, May 11th regarding Kesha’s appearance on the BBMAs. Unfortunately, Kesha and Kemosabe have since been unable to come to an agreement for Kesha to perform on the show. Dick Clark Productions has a long-standing relationship with Kesha. We hope that the parties can come to an arrangement such that we can continue that long-standing relationship with a performance by Kesha on the Billboard Music Awards stage on May 22.”

In the wake of the cancellation, Kesha wrote on Facebook her planned performance of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe” was “about me honoring one of my favorite songwriters of all time and 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 honor an artist I have always looked up to.”

On Wednesday, before permission to perform at Billboard Music Awards was granted again, Kesha played the track with Ben Folds at a concert in Los Angeles.

“We are pleased that Kesha and Kemosabe Records have reached an agreement,” Dick Clark Productions said in a statement to EW, “and very much look forward to having Kesha perform on the Billboard Music Awards this Sunday night on ABC.”

Representatives for Kesha did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

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