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Kesha's Billboard performance 'blocked'

Do Not UseDo Not Use 18/05/2016
Kesha © Reuters Kesha

Kesha's been told she won't be able to perform at Sunday's Billboard Music Awards in the US.

Dr Luke © AP Dr Luke

The production company behind the show says it's after Dr Luke's record label withdrew its permission.

Kesha © Getty Images Kesha

Dick Clark Productions says Kesha originally accepted the invitation to perform and that it "received written approval" from Kemosabe Records.

Kesha singing True Colors © Getty Images Kesha singing True Colors

But it says the label later "rescinded its approval" after a media report earlier this month.

The New York Daily News had reported she planned to make digs at Dr Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, during the performance.

Kesha has denied that, saying she was planning a tribute to Bob Dylan and wasn't going to mention Dr Luke in any way.

Read her full Instagram post.

Kesha's been in a long-running legal battle with her former producer after she accused him of sexually and emotionally abusing her, something he's always denied.

But the show's executive producer Mark Bracco says there is still a chance the performance could go ahead.

"Honestly it would be really disappointing if she can't be there," he says.

"What was being planned would be a great moment and a great performance and a great song.

"We hope that they can work it out because we'd really like for her to be on the show on Sunday night and really show herself as the great musical artist that she is.

"We were working with her team on what would be the best song for her to do.

"What I can say is that it was not one of her own songs. It was someone's song."

Neither Kesha nor Dr Luke's reps have responded to requests for comments.

Earlier this week, Kesha posted a series of uplifting messages to Instagram telling fans she's ready to reclaim her life.

She wrote openly about her mental health issues, saying she feels she's "fighting an uphill fight some days" but has decided to take back her "freedom".

She's been trying to get out of her contract with Sony Music, which owns Dr Luke's label, for the last year and a half but has lost her legal cases up to now.

She claims he also bullied her to lose weight.

Dr Luke argues that Kesha made up the claims to ruin his reputation in the hope of getting out of her five-album contract.

"Kesha and I were friends for many years and she was like my little sister," he wrote on Twitter in February.

Sony has previously said it is "not in a position to terminate the contractual relationship between Luke and Kesha".

It's also said she can continue to record "without any connection, involvement or interaction with Luke whatsoever".

Kesha released her first single since the legal action started last month, a collaboration with producer Zedd.

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