Sammy Nickalls
Updated May 19, 2016 @ 10:30 am
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On Tuesday, fans anticipating Kesha’s performance at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards — which would have been her first televised performance since her ongoing legal battle with Dr. Luke — were devastated to hear that Dr. Luke blocked her from playing. Now, Kesha’s mother, Pebe Serbert, is speaking out and calling on other artists to stand up and fight for her daughter.

Kesha was uninvited to the awards ceremony by Dr. Luke’s record label, Kemosabe, following rumors that her performance would be a statement — despite the fact that she was only going to sing a Bob Dylan song.

“I was very excited to perform a tribute to Bob Dylan by singing a cover of ‘It ain’t me, babe’ at the Billboard awards this year,” the singer wrote on Instagram alongside a blurry picture of her playing guitar. “I’m very sad and sorry to say I won’t be allowed to do this. . . I was never going to use a picture of [Dr. Luke], speak of him or allude to my legal situation in any way. I simply wanted to sing a song I love to honor an artist I have always looked up to.”

Yesterday afternoon, in a string of tweets, Pebe Serbert defended her daughter and criticized the American legal system. “Does Kesha have the right to pursue her happiness? Or did they only mean that for rich men?” she tweeted.

“Do you think that there is one male singer who could ever be ‘not allowed to sing’ on the Billboard Awards by another man. . . Wouldn’t it be nice if other artists stood with Kesha and refused to [perform] if she is not allowed to sing!” false false false

She highlighted the sheer amount of “public abuse. . . my daughter [has had] to take” and added that “money can buy anything including legal rulings.” false false false

She then called on other influential people to take a stand, suggesting that other artists boycott performing to make a statement and adding that Kemosabe wants Kesha to fail. false false false false

Kesha’s mother wasn’t the only one to speak out on Dr. Luke’s block. Lady Gaga also took to social media to defend Kesha. “Isn’t it strange that it’s legal to own a woman this way? Listen Ursula, we want her voice back. #freeKesha,” she tweeted. false

We can only hope that Dr. Luke and Kemosabe fail in their malicious efforts, and that we get to see Kesha blow everyone away on Sunday.