Kesha’s performance with Zedd is her first large show since she filed her lawsuit against producer Dr. Luke. Though her contract with Dr. Luke prevents her from creating new music for anyone else, she can perform covers in addition to music she has already recorded.
The singer has been able to do smaller shows around Los Angeles and Nashville because of this, including a show featuring country covers of her old songs under the name Yeast Infection.
Kesha’s performance with Zedd also seemed to be a commentary on her ongoing legal proceedings. She joined Zedd on his 2015 track “True Colors,” which has lyrics like “I won’t apologize for the fire in my eyes,” and “what we thought we knew has been swallowed by the truth.”
Though Kesha’s recordings are heavy on production value, she has also proven she has some powerhouse vocals. Back in 2011, she released a cover of Bob Dylan‘s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” that wowed listeners.
Her performance with Zedd seems to get back to that rawness, focusing on Kesha’s melodic skills rather than autotuning or rapping her way through a beat.
The latest news on her Dr. Luke case, in which she argues that she should be able to void her contract because Dr. Luke sexually and emotionally abused her, didn’t go in Kesha’s favor. A judge recently denied an injunction that would have allowed Kesha to record with other labels.
The lawsuit will continue in a California court in May.