Kesha has taken to social media after it emerged she would no longer be performing at this year’s Billboard Music Awards.
The singer was due to take to the stage on Sunday where it was reported she would be making a “statement performance” and would be addressing her well-documented sexual assault case with Dr Luke.
Kemosabe Records – Dr. Luke’s label – then did a U-turn after getting wind of what she reportedly had planned and blocked her from performing.
Responding to the, Kesha has insisted her performance was never going to be about the producer.
“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,” she wrote on Instagram.
“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.”
Dick Clark productions, who are behind this year’s awards show, released a statement on Tuesday which read: “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“Kemosabe subsequently rescinded its approval following a media report on Wednesday May 11 regarding Kesha’s appearance on the BBMAs.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.”
It continued: “Dick Clark productions has a long standing relationship with Kesha. 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 22nd.”
Dr Luke’s spokeswoman declined to comment.