Kesha 2nd Bob Dylan Cover After BBMA, Amid Dr. Luke Legal Battle
It's no secret that Kesha stole the show at the Billboard Music Awards over the weekend, as she triumphantly returned to the stage amid her legal battle with Dr. Luke to perform a cover of Bob Dylan's, "It Ain't Me Babe." However, before the dust could even settle around that performance, Kesha gave fans something else to fangirl out about, as she took to the stage at Dylan Fest to share another Dylan cover.
According to MTV, the star helped celebrate the legendary singer's 75th birthday on May 24, as she was part of the two-night concert event in Nashville to pay tribute to the star. The site reported that the starlet set the stage on fire with her rendition of Dylan's classic 1967 hit "I Shall Be Released," which she might have picked in reference to her ongoing legal battle to get released from her contract with Dr. Luke.
However, Kesha rose above her legal issues and didn't mention Dr. Luke in her performance, rather letting the song speak for itself. The singer was barefoot as she took the stage in her shiny blue suit, and performed beautifully before going for a dramatic conclusion as she held out the last "shall" in the song and looked to the future.
The singer also took to her Instagram to give her fans a snap of her outfit during the performance, writing, "I played the Ryman in nashville tonight. this place is not just a venue, it's a church. thank you for letting me grace this infamous stage to honor Bob Dylan. and if y'all wanna hang I mayyyyybe will be there tomorrow night...."
A photo posted by Kesha (@iiswhoiis) on May 23, 2016 at 9:50pm PDT
Kesha has been in an intense legal battle with her Luke's label, Kemosabe, after she filed reports that he had assaulted her verbally and sexually.
The "Die Young" singer wasn't the only one to take the stage at the celebration, as other acts also honored Dylan with their own tributes, according to Billboard. Emmylou Harris, Wynonna and Ann Wilson performed a cover of "Ring Them Bells," while Nashville rock band Moon Taxi performed his hit "All Along the Watchtower."
Other artists that also took part in Dylan Fest, at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium included, John Paul White, formerly of The Civil Wars, as well as Boz Scaggs, Kurt Vile, Butch Walker, Holly Williams, City & Colour and Brendan Benson.