Kesha performed a powerful rendition of Bob Dylan‘s “It Ain’t Me Babe” at The Billboard Music Awards last night to a standing ovation. Accompanied by Ben Folds, the pop singer whose full name Kesha Sebert is no stranger to Dylan’s tunes, having previously covered “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right.” While the performance went off without a hitch, decisions of whether Sebert would even appear onstage came down to the wire. Initially receiving permission from Dr. Luke‘s Kemosabe Records, the label quickly changed its mind out of fear that she would use the platform to reference her recent court case with Luke.
“I just wanted to sing a song I love to honor an artist I have always looked up to.”
Despite the ensuing back-and-forth, Kemosabe issued an official statement on Thursday (May 19), green-lighting the tribute. It reads:
“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.”
Check out the performance below and be sure to let us know what you think.
— Music News & Facts (@musicnews_facts) May 23, 2016