Lorde Totally Shaded the 2018 Grammys for Not Letting Her Perform Solo
Lorde was noticeably absent from the 2018 Grammys stage and the red carpet on Sunday night, and now we’re starting to understand why…
On Sunday, TMZ reported that Lorde was insulted that she wasn’t offered to perform solo like the other nominees, despite being nominated for Album of the Year. Lorde was the only female artist nominated in the category, competing with Bruno Mars, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, and Jay-Z. It was also reported that rather than giving her a solo slot, the Recording Academy offered Lorde a chance to sing in a Tom Petty tribute at the awards ceremony, but she reportedly turned that down.
On Monday, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow and the Grammys executive producer Ken Elrich explained why, telling Billboard, “She had a great album, Album of the Year is a big honor, but there’s no way we can really deal with everybody. Sometimes people get left out that shouldn’t, but on the other hand, we did the best we can to make sure that it’s a representative and balanced show.”
Apparently, that answer just didn’t work for Lorde, who took to Twitter to throw some MAJOR shade at the Recording Academy, and rightfully so! “IF YOU’RE DEBATING WHETHER OR NOT I CAN MURDER A STAGE…COME SEE IT FOR URSELF”, she tweeted. The tweet also included a link to purchase her concert tickets:
IF YOU’RE DEBATING WHETHER OR NOT I CAN MURDER A STAGE… COME SEE IT FOR URSELF ?https://t.co/BeS8VYTynn
— Lorde (@lorde) January 29, 2018
Whoa, what a power move!
And even though Lorde definitely was feeling some type of way about the snub, it turns out, her mom was, too! Lorde’s mom also took to Twitter following the Grammys to share a cryptic tweet with a photo of a New York Times article about gender disparity between nominees. She captioned her tweet, “This says it all.”
— Sonja Yelich (@sonjayelich1) January 26, 2018
WOW, let’s hope the Recording Academy takes note and makes some serious changes come 2019.