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Lorde Didn't Get A Solo Grammys Performance, But She Got The Last Laugh

The New Zealand pop star was the only Album of the Year nominee who wasn't asked to perform solo.

Posted on January 29, 2018, at 1:24 p.m. ET

There was no lack of controversy at the Grammys Sunday night, but before the show even started, people were taking umbrage with Lorde being the only Album of the Year nominee who wasn't asked to perform solo.

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While the New Zealand native was asked to perform "American Girl" as part of a Tom Petty tribute, and did still make a statement on the red carpet, the audience saw relatively little of Lorde for an Album of the Year nominee during the telecast.

According to the University of Southern California's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, only 9.3% of nominees in the major Grammys categories were women.

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It was a fact not lost on Lorde's mother, Sonya Yelich, who highlighted in a tweet just how rare Lorde's Album of the Year nomination was.

this says it all - @nytimes January 26, 2018

Via Twitter: @sonjayelich1

When Recording Academy President Neil Portnow addressed the controversy over the lack of a solo Lorde performance, he said the organization used its "best judgement" in picking the lineup.

#GRAMMYs prez Neil Portnow dodges whether @Lorde was actually invited to perform: "We can't have a performance from…

Via Twitter: @maeve_mcdermott

Many took issue with his response.

Yes. Can't have a performance from every nominee. What do you want them to do, cut one of the Sting appearances?

C’mon gals, just bootstrap your way up within a hierarchy built on the idea that yr ideas/art/safety/personhood are…

Lorde got the last laugh, though, by responding to Portnow's "women step it up" statement with a link to her upcoming tour.


Via Twitter: @lorde

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