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.
Kesha was planning to perform at the Billboard Music Awards this Sunday. According to Dick Clark productions, she was only allowed to play with the permission of Dr. Luke's label, Kemosabe records. Luke and co. nixed the performance earlier this week.
Kesha's mother, Pebe Sebert, shared her thoughts on the situation last night via Twitter. She suggested that her daughter is a victim of sexist double standards—"Do you think that there is one male singer who could ever be 'not allowed to sing' on the Billboard Awards by another man?"—and that the American legal system is corrupt: "Money can buy anything, including legal rulings."
"Are KEMOSABE's actions today the actions of a record label that is trying to promote the success of their artist?" she wondered. "Wouldn't any record company fight to have their artist have the exposure to millions? Only if they wanted their artist to succeed!"
Representatives for Dr. Luke and Kesha were not immediately available for comment. See Pebe's tweets below.