Dr. Luke gives OK for Kesha to perform at Billboard Awards

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Posted: May 19, 2016 4:26 PM
Dr. Luke gives OK for Kesha to perform at Billboard Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Dr. Luke and his record label say they are giving Kesha the OK to perform at Sunday's Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.

In a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday, Kemosabe Records said it had reversed an earlier decision after Kesha reassured the label that she wasn't going to highlight the ongoing lawsuit onstage.

"Kesha's performance on the Billboard Music Awards was always approved, in good faith. Approval was only suspended when Kemosabe learned Kesha was to use the performance as a platform to discuss the litigation," the statement read. "Now that Kemosabe has obtained assurances, that it is relying upon, from Kesha, her representatives and Dick Clark Productions that neither Kesha nor her supporters will use the performance as such a platform, the approval has been restored."

In a statement released Thursday, the Billboard Awards and dick clark productions said, "We are pleased that Kesha and Kemosabe Records have reached an agreement.

"(We) very much look forward to having Kesha perform on the Billboard Music Awards."

Kesha, 29, will perform Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe."

Dr. Luke has served as Kesha's mentor for several years and signed her to his label. They wrote hits together for Kesha and other acts. They have been at odds since she accused of him of drugging, sexually abusing and emotionally tormenting her.

The Billboard Music Awards will air on ABC from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas at 8 p.m. EDT.

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