Just days before the actual event, Billboard reports that Dr. Luke’s label Kemosabe Records has withdrew its approval for Kesha to perform at the Billboard Music Awards on May 22.
In a statement on May 17, dick clark productions announced "Kemosabe subsequently rescinded its approval following a media report on Wednesday May 11 regarding Kesha’s appearance on the BBMAs.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."
Whilst there is no official reason why Kemosabe Records withdrew the approval, Kesha has taken to social media to clarify what she had planned for her performance.
In an Instagram post on May 18, Kesha posted a picture of herself playing a guitar with the following caption, “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.”