Kesha: “I simply wanted to sing a song I love to honor an artist I have always looked up to”

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The music world is gearing up for the anticipated first-ever live streaming Billboard Music Awards this Sunday at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas but for Kesha, things are taking a bitter turn. Dr. Luke and his label Kemosabe Records will no longer allow the songstress to perform at the glitzy event The Rolling Stone reports via Billboard.

On May 11th, TMZ posted an article with information from inside sources saying that Kesha was planning on using the performance to talk about her legal fight with Dr. Luke. Dick Clark Productions, the production company putting on the Billboard event, released a statement saying that Kemosabe had rescinded their previous written approval for the performance following a media report.

The pop musician took to her personal Instagram to say that she will sadly not be able to perform her scheduled tribute of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me, Babe" at the industry function. She then emphasizes that she was never going to allude to her legal battle with Dr. Luke and all she wanted to do was sing a song that she loves by one of her idols. "I simply wanted to sing a song I love to honor an artist I have always looked up to", Kesha declared.

Last year Kesha brought charges against Dr. Luke for sexual and verbal abuse and is still tied to his label Kemosabe Records after a judge denied her an injunction during the ongoing legal battle.

The Rolling Stone reports that amidst the disagreement, Dick Clark Productions remains optimistic that an agreement can be made by Sunday which would allow Kesha to perform.