Kesha Responds to Being Yanked from Awards Show Lineup

"I was never going to allude to my legal situation."

By Robyn Collins

Kesha has responded to being banned from performing at this year’s Billboard Music Awards after Dr. Luke’s record label pulled her from show.

Related:Dr. Luke Nixes Kesha’s Award Show Performance

“I was very excited to perform a tribute to Bob Dylan by singing a cover of ‘It Ain’t me, Babe’ at the Billboard awards this year,” Kesha wrote on Instagram. “I’m very sad and sorry to say I won’t be allowed to do this.”

She added that her performance was strictly designed to honor one of her “favorite songwriters of all time,” and she had no intention of mentioning Dr. Luke,” with whom she is in a legal battle over allegations that he raped and abused her when she was younger.

“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. thank u all for the continued support.

Reportedly, Kimosabe, Dr. Luke’s record label, originally agreed to allow the singer to perform the Dylan song at the show, then rescinded their permission.

Show producers Dick Clark Productions haven’t given up hope that it might still happen. “Dick Clark Productions has a long standing relationship with Kesha,” the company said in a statement. “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.”

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