Kesha Will Perform at Billboard Music Awards Sunday

Jason LaVeris / Contributor(LAS VEGAS) -- It looks like Kesha will be performing at this weekend's Billboard Music Awards after all. This, as her ongoing legal battle with her producer, Dr. Luke, and her record label continues.

Her recording label, the Sony-owned Kemosabe Records, released a statement this afternoon saying, "Kesha’s performance on the Billboard Music Awards was always approved, in good faith. Approval was only suspended when Kemosabe learned Kesha was to use the performance as a platform to discuss the litigation. Now that Kemosabe has obtained assurances, that it is relying upon, from Kesha, her representatives and Dick Clark Productions that neither Kesha nor her supporters will use the performance as such a platform, the approval has been restored."

Dick Clark Productions also released a statement Thursday saying, "We are pleased that Kesha and Kemosabe Records have reached an agreement and very much look forward to having Kesha perform on the Billboard Music Awards this Sunday night on ABC."

Kesha's performance was in doubt earlier in the week when Dick Clark Productions released a statement saying she would not be performing at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards on May 22 as originally planned after Kemosabe rescinded permission allowing her to sing.
The announcement set off a firestorm among her fans, who have been following Kesha's legal battle with her record producer, Dr. Luke, and his Kemosabe label.

In 2014, Kesha, 29, accused Dr. Luke of being physically, emotionally and sexually abusive toward her. As a result, she sought to be released from her contract with Sony.

The producer, whose given name is Lukasz Gottwald, has denied all allegations of wrongdoing, and earlier this year, a judge ruled against the singer, holding her to her contract with Sony. Kesha appealed, but that appeal was denied last month.

On Wednesday, her mother, Pebe Sebert, took to Twitter to express her outrage over Kesha’s being barred from performing at the Billboard Awards.

Sebert called on other artists to stand with her daughter and refuse to perform at the awards show.

As for the singer herself, Kesha wrote on Instagram Tuesday that she had planned to perform Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me, Babe" at the Billboard Music Awards, adding that the performance, "was about me honoring one of my favorite songwriters of all time and has never had anything at all to do with Dr. Luke."

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Officials break ground on new park honoring the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing

Officials break ground on new park honoring the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombingSeanPavonePhoto/iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Officials broke ground in Boston Wednesday for a new park dedicated to Martin Richard, the youngest victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Martin was 8 years old when he killed on April 15, 2013, as he watched the marathon from near the finish line with his family. His mother was gravely injured, and his sister, who was 7 at the time,
lost a leg.

Photos from Wednesday's ceremonial groundbreaking show children in hard hats using shovels to dig dirt. Martin's Park, located next to the Boston Children's Museum at the Smith Family Waterfront,
is expected to open in the fall of 2018, according to a press release from the office of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

"This park will bring light & hope to that darkness, honoring his memory & allowing kids to be kids," Baker wrote on Twitter.

#MartinRichard lost his life to terror. This park will bring light & hope to that darkness, honoring his memory & allowing kids to be kids.

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) August 16, 2017

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh wrote on Twitter that the park will remind its visitors of "hope, compassion & love."

"Martin's spirit will always live on in Boston & in Martin's Park," Walsh wrote.

This park reminds us of hope, compassion & love a young boy taught us all. Martin's spirit will always live on in Boston & in Martin's Park.

— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) August 16, 2017

Both Baker and Walsh spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony, as well as Martin's family.

Martin's sister, Jane Richard, said she knows that her brother is happy that the community is coming together.

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