Over the weekend, Kygo sold out the historic Hollywood Bowl and brought along several of the singers from his new album Cloud Nine. They included Labrinth, John Legend and Seal, but one name was not present - Maty Noyes. The "Stay" singer wrote in a lengthy Instagram post that she was sidelined by Kygo's manager and not allowed to perform, despite all of what she had done for them. Seeing this, Kesha backed the singer in this rift.
In Noyes' post, she explained that she had been touring with Kygo for most of the past year for no money and then was punished for getting sick and missing one show.
"I'm sick of dealing with these sexist pigs in the industry," she wrote. "I'm standing up for myself.
When you write a song, travel the world to perform for an entire year for free, and then get treated like a complete piece of shit because you get sick and miss one show. Now I'm told that I can't do the Hollywood bowl for all my people in LA. I am being punished to being sick. "put on a pretty dress, lipstick, open your mouth and sing. We don't need your voice in the show, we only deal with the best." - @managermyles is this really how you treat people that you call one big family? I'm sick of dealing with these sexist pigs in the industry. Im standing up for myself. #standup with me. it's sad to think I can't even sing the song that I WROTE & has over 330 million plays. whoever goes to the show tonight know that I'm there in spirit & I should have been the one singing to you guys. It's time to move on from doing favors for @kygomusic and focus on myself. #hollywoodbowl #letmatystay #kygo #STANDUP im a 19 year old woman in this industry you will NOT treat me like this @ecclesinephoto #flowerpower #girlpower
A photo posted by NOYES (@matynoyes) on Oct 14, 2016 at 7:19pm PDT
Kesha, no stranger to battling men in the music industry, came to the defense of Noyes in an Instagram post of her own, saying "it's unfair to you, and it's unfair to the fans."
my love is with @matynoyes ... sweetheart you should be singing at the Hollywood Bowl tonight. it's unfair to you, and it's unfair to your fans. when someone in this industry treats you like shit, just tell the truth. the universe is listening. A photo posted by Kesha (@iiswhoiis) on Oct 14, 2016 at 11:00pm PDT
After several posts, Kygo's manager, Myles Shear issued an apology to Noyes, via Billboard.
"I would like to personally apologize to Maty for what has come of this situation," he wrote in a statement. "The recent issues we had been working out should not have kept you from performing at these shows. The Kygo team and I are deeply appreciative for Maty's dedicated work ethic while sharing stages and success across the world. I'm truly sorry for what was said and for the situation that unfolded, and hope you will accept my apology."