After the Billboard Music Awards announced that Kesha would likely no longer perform at this weekend’s ceremony due to Dr. Luke’s revocation of his approval to let her do so, the pop star found an unlikely ally in Ben Folds, who brought Kesha onstage during his Los Angeles concert last night to perform with him.
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In addition to Kesha’s Billboard-intended performance of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe,” the pair also performed Folds’ own songs “Still Fighting It” and “Rock This Bitch.” The latter of those two, Pitchfork points out, wrapped in a bit of Kesha’s 2010 hit “Sleazy,” which Dr. Luke produced.
Watch videos of all those performances below. After the show, Kesha uploaded an Instagram thanking Folds for allowing her to sing with him onstage; that’s below too.
dear Mr. ben folds, thank u for tonight. thanks for letting me share your stage, your band, your audience, your humor, your songs. thanks for believing in me. thanks for being a positive and encouraging human in my life. thanks for ur records that got me through high school. thanks for being a genius composer. thanks for being nice when we work together. thanks for letting me play a Bob Dylan cover with you. thanKs for being a good friend in this scary business. and lastly. thanks for cleaning my wine glass with ur old man panties. ur an A class gentleman. love you fucker??@murkanpianist