There was much suspense about whether Ke$ha would get to perform at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas Sunday night, but she ensured all the anticipation was more than worthwhile – leaving the crowd roaring.
While Ke$ha has been both praised and scrutinized during the fall-out of her legal battles concerning her charges against producer Dr. Luke, whom she accused of sexual and emotional abuse that tormented her for nearly a decade.
Dr. Luke continues to deny all accusations and has retaliated with his own lawsuit for defamation and breach of contract. The producer, along with his music label Kemosabe Records, are still in control of Ke$ha's musical rights, with full ability to veto certain performances.
Dick Clark Productions claimed Ke$ha had already accepted the invitation to perform at the BBMA with written approval from the label. However, Dr. Luke feared that her act would somehow be used as a tactic to further defame him. He suspended the approval until the producer was reassured this would not be the case.
Ke$ha assured her performance was a mere tribute to the beloved Bob Dylan via Instagram.
On May 19th, Kemosabe Records released the following statement:
"Kesha’s performance on the Billboard Music Awards was always approved, in good faith. Approval was only suspended when Kemosabe learned Kesha was to use the performance as a platform to discuss the litigation. Now that Kemosabe has obtained assurances, that it is relying upon, from Kesha, her representatives and Dick Clark Productions that neither Kesha nor her supporters will use the performance as such a platform, the approval has been restored."
Luckily for anyone blessed enough to have listened to her rendition of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me, Babe," the superstar obviously found her way to the stage. Though our eyes were drawn to the soulful singer, she was accompanied by Ben Folds and a violinist.
This was definitely a new subtle approach for Ke$ha, whom we tend to associate with eccentric wardrobe, upbeat songs and flashy gimmicks and staging. This act highlighted her raw emotional side and her killer vocal chords. The singer promised a Bob Dylan tribute and boy, did she deliver. Her talent and effort were most definitely recognized as she received a meaningful standing ovation.
Watch her prepare for the Billboard Music Awards by performing her tribute live at The Orpheum:
Ke$ha is no stranger to the crazy support she has been receiving from her fans and fellow artists via Social Media. After her performance, Twitter bore witness to the many tears that were being shed worldwide.
Kemosabe Records was wrong about one thing though: "neither Kesha nor her supporters will use the performance as such a platform [to discuss the litigation]." Her mere appearance was bound to bring attention to the buzz, seeing as how she is being forced into extinction.
Besides, given the powerful lyrics in Dylan's song, anyone aware of the Ke$ha legal scandal will have automatically paralleled their meaning to her current ordeal. And if the words didn't do it, her bare emotions sure did as she sang her heart out.
Hopefully, the BBMA crowd chose to wear waterproof makeup. While Ke$ha's performance blew away all the others', Celine Dion also delivered a heartbreaking performance dedicated to her recently-deceased husband, René Angélil.
We can only hope this marks the definite return of Ke$ha, as it is truly a crime to deny the world of her talents. She does seem to be more musically active, having recently collaborated with Zedd to release "True Colors." We're ready for your comeback, Ke$ha!