To say things have been tough lately for Kesha would be a massive understatement however, last night, she proved just how strong and talented she truly is.
Her very public battle with record producer, Dr. Luke, has been making headlines for years. In October 2014, Kesha sued Dr. Luke, claiming sexual assault and battery, sexual harassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress as well as many other allegations. In response, a countersuit was filed alleging this was all just a ploy to extort Dr. Luke and to free Kesha from honoring her contract. A New York judge has dismissed Kesha’s claims which, understandably, has devastated the singer.
Just this week, once again, she had to battle with her record label in order to be given permission to perform at this weekend’s Billboard Music Awards. A few days ago, she posted this to her Instagram:
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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.
Today, Kesha’s record label announced that she is now permitted to attend the Billboard Music Awards however, last night, before knowing this, Kesha joined Ben Folds at Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles and got her chance to perform her tribute to Bob Dylan by singing It Ain’t Me, Babe.
Now, let me preface this by saying, while that Timber song is pretty catchy, personally, I am not a fan of Kesha’s music however, I absolutely adore Ben Folds. After watching the clip and, adding in the additional emotional connotations from her legal battle, this performance absolutely blew me away.
Ben Folds takes a back seat by playing accompaniment while Kesha shows just how amazingly, vocally talented she truly is. Check out the beautiful cover/tribute below.
What do you think of the performance?
Also, for the Ben Folds fans out there, here is the evening’s performance of Rock This Bitch!
(Warning: Video contains “adult language” because, well, it’s Ben Folds…. and Kesha!)
A karaoke obsessed, craft beer enthusiast and lover of all things pop culture, Denise enjoys all facets of entertainment from Broadway to box office blockbusters. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, concerts (lots and lots of concerts), volunteering, reading and playing with her rescue kitten, Samantha (who rescued who, right?).