Last week, news broke that Kesha was planning a "statement performance" at the Billboard Music Awards. According to TMZ, "she's planning to make direct references to her ongoing legal battle with Dr. Luke ... and might even include images of him."
Today Billboard reports that this performance is now unlikely to take place due objections from Dr. Luke's Kemosabe records. According to a statement from Dick Clark productions, "Kesha accepted an invitation to perform on the show and she received written approval from Dr. Luke's record label, Kemosabe Records. Kemosabe subsequently rescinded its approval following a media report on Wednesday May 11 regarding Kesha’s appearance on the BBMAs.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."
Representative for Kesha and Sony were not immediately available for comment. The BBMAs take place this Sunday.
Update (5/17 7:15 p.m.): On Instagram, Kesha says that she was going to perform a Bob Dylan cover and that the planned performance never had anything to do with Luke.
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. I'm very sad and sorry to say I won't be allowed to do this. I just wanted to make very clear that this performance 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. thank u all for the continued support.