Grammys: Lorde wears feminist poem, refuses to perform

Grammys: Lorde wears feminist poem, refuses to perform
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Lorde gave the red carpet a miss at this year's Grammy Awards, but still managed to make a statement with a feminist poem attached to the back of her dress.

The singer roughly stitched artist Jenny Holzer's 'The Apocalypse Will Blossom' to her red gown.

The poem reads:

Rejoice! Our times are intolerable.

Take courage, or the worst is a harbinger of the best.

Only dire circumstances can precipitate the overthrow of oppressors. The old & corrupt must be laid to waste before the just can triumph.

Contradiction will be heightened. The reckoning will be hastened by the staging of seed disturbances.

The apocalypse will blossom.


The songstress posted a picture of the poem on Instagram, explaining it was "her version of a white rose" - a reference to the white roses worn by a handful of men and women on the carpet to show solidarity with the Time's Up movement.

The 21-year-old was nominated for Album of the Year but was the only one in her category not offered a solo performance spot on the night.

It didn't go unnoticed - Lorde reportedly refused to perform as part of a group tribute to Tom Petty, involving his song 'American Girl'.

Lorde's mother, Sonya Yelich, took to Twitter to address the inequality, posting a photo of a New York Times article with a circle drawn around the ceremony's gender statistics.

"Of the 899 people nominated in the last six Grammy Awards... 9 percent were women," the article read.

"This year, Lorde is the only woman nominated for Album of the Year; she is not scheduled to perform."

Bruno Mars took the win for the category with his album 24K Magic.


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