Kesha will not be performing at this Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards as planned thanks to some last-minute intervening from Dr. Luke and his label. But that doesn’t mean she can be silenced for good. As Kesha explained on her Instagram, she had hoped to pay tribute to Bob Dylan with a cover of “It Ain’t Me, Babe” alongside Ben Folds, with an introduction from her supporter Lena Dunham, the New York Times later reported. On Wednesday night, concertgoers at the Orpheum Theatre in L.A. got to see what should’ve been: Ben Folds invited Kesha up for the encore of his concert, where the two went ahead with their orchestral Dylan cover. In the mood for goosebumps and a little sob? Say no more.
The two also played Folds’s “Still Fighting It” and “Rock This Bitch,” the latter mashed up with Kesha’s “Sleazy.” Later on Instagram, Kesha thanked Folds for “being a good friend in this scary business.” Her other good industry friend Lady Gaga, meanwhile, spoke out against Dr. Luke’s decision to pull Kesha from the BBMAs in a damning, Disney-referencing tweet last night: