Kesha Gets Standing Ovation After Billboard Music Awards Performance

Following much back-and-forth over the past week, Kesha performed Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me, Babe” at the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night.

Joined by Ben Folds on piano, the scene slowed down for Kesha’s performance as she crooned the Dylan hit. Clad in a white suit, adorned with rainbows and trees, the songstress gave a calm and controlled showing on stage at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

There was notably no mention of her legal struggles with Dr. Luke, something that had been speculated ever since Kesha’s performance was first announced.

Following the performance, the crowd was on its feet, cheering on the star as she stood on stage.

The performance previously had been uncertain due to those legal struggles with Dr. Luke and Sony. Earlier this week, Dick Clark Productions issued a statement saying that Kesha’s performance was a no-go because the Sony-owned Kemosabe Records rescinded permission allowing her to sing.

After Kesha wrote on her Instagram, however, that she did not plan to call out Dr. Luke and their litigation during the performance, Kemosabe announced that it’s given Kesha the greenlight, saying in a statement, “Approval was only suspended when Kemosabe learned Kesha was to use the performance as a platform to discuss the litigation.”

Kesha has accused Dr. Luke of physical, emotion and sexual abuse, and sought to be released from her Sony contract. A judge ruled against Kesha earlier this year, holding her to her contract with Sony.

Kesha has made a few public appearances since the ruling, including performing “True Colors” with Zedd at Coachella and Lady Gaga’s “Til It Happens to You” at the Humane Society Gala in Los Angeles.

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