Since her performative return at Coachella in April, Kesha has been attempting to distance herself from the controversy surrounding her ongoing legal battle with Dr. Luke. On Monday night (May 23), the singer performed a cover of Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released" at Dylan Fest—a tribute concert held in honor of the folk hero's 75th birthday.
In the video above, which surfaced online Tuesday (May 24), you'll hear the symbolic nature of the song's lyrics: "I see my light come shining / From the west unto the east / Any day now, any day how / I shall be released."
On Sunday (May 22), Kesha covered another Dylan tune at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, playing "It Ain't Me Babe" to resounding applause from the audience. The singer's performance at the BBMAs was stymied by Dr. Luke's Kemosabe Records camp, which initially barred her from playing the show, but later acquiesced, letting the show resume. Kesha had originally said she intended to use the performance to make a certain "statement," ostensibly about Dr. Luke and allegations of rape and emotional abuse.
Kesha's current affinity for defiant Bob Dylan tunes largely reflects her defiant mood: Earlier this month, she posted a series of Instagrams, telling fans "I have decided to take my life back."
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