11 Best Things We Saw at Dylan Fest

From Kesha's poignant "I Shall Be Released" to Jason Isbell's mesmerizing three-song set

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Best Protest: Kesha

Fresh from her poignant perfornance of Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe" at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, Nashville native Kesha took the Ryman stage barefoot on Night 1, dressed in a rhinestone-studded powder blue jacket. Armed with an array of tangled emotion stemming from her protracted legal battle with producer Dr. Luke, she managed to pour every ounce of that experience into a dazzling rendition of "I Shall Be Released." There was no mention of the lawsuits and allegations directly, nor was any needed, but it impossible not to empathize with the singer's obvious hope that freedom from the whole nasty mess isn't long away.