For more than a week, there was a crazy back-and-forth about Kesha performing at the Billboard Music Awards. The producers were talking to Kesha directly, and I got the feeling they were negotiating on her behalf with Dr. Luke so that she could perform. At first, Kesha was scheduled and there were no problems. Then Dr. Luke’s label said she couldn’t perform because reasons. Then Dr. Luke agreed to “allow” Kesha to perform but only if she didn’t try to throw shade. So what we got was a muted-seeming Kesha. She wore this vintage Nudie suit, which she said was a tribute to Prince and Bob Dylan (as in, this is the kind of suit Bob Dylan wears regularly). And her performance was a cover of Bob Dylan’s “It’s Ain’t Me Babe.” Here’s the performance:
I’ve always liked Kesha’s raspy voice, and I genuinely think this was a great cover of the Dylan song. I love that the audience gave her a well-deserved standing ovation, and I hope this is the watershed moment in the new phase of Kesha’s career. Free Kesha.
Ariana Grande in Versace. I like the dress, I just think her styling is off.
Keke Palmer in a liquidy House of Harlow dress. Again, I like this dress but I think the styling is off. The hair is too high and too tight. Everything is too tight, actually.
Meghan Trainor is the reason I switched off the BBMAs and watched the tail end of last week’s episode of Game of Thrones again. I saw that she was about to perform “No” and I absolutely loathe that song, so I tapped out. Her dress was Michael Costello and it’s totally boring.
Idina Menzel & Laverne Cox both wore Michael Costello too. I think Laverne is overdressed for this show, although I think that’s a consistent problem for her mostly because she just LOVES to get all gussied up. Idina’s dress is a snooze.
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