Lorde Accessorizes Grammys Gown With Poem and Flask
Instead of a white rose, the singer sewed "The Apocalypse Will Blossom" to her dress to show her solidarity with Time's Up.
Though she's not performing at this year's Grammy Awards, everyone is talking about Lorde.
The 21-year-old New Zealander is the only woman nominated for album of the year for her 2017 hit Melodrama — however, of the nominees, she was the only artist that was not asked to perform solo. Outraged fans called out the injustice on Twitter. "We champion women one award weekend & pull this shit the next," wrote Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
But while she's not taking to the stage to share her message, the singer-songwriter still managed to make her voice heard once inside Madison Square Garden (she noticeably skipped the red carpet), affixing a poem by Jenny Holzer to the back of her fluffy tulle Valentino gown.
"My version of a white rose — THE APOCALYPSE WILL BLOSSOM — an excerpt from the greatest of all time, jenny holzer," wrote Lorde on Instagram, referencing the white roses worn by a handful of men and women on the carpet to show solidarity with the Time's Up movement. "The old & correct must be laid to waste," reads the excerpt. "Before the just can triumph. Contradiction will be heightened. The reckoning will be hastened by the staging of seed disturbances. The apocalypse will blossom."
But Lorde didn't let the controversy dampen her mood. Once inside the venue, she pulled a Rihanna, reaching for a flask that just happened to perfectly match the vibrant red hue of her gown. Because sometimes a little booze is needed to take the edge off the patriarchy.
Of her nomination, Lorde told Billboard this month, "It’s crazy I’m the only woman in my category, and I feel very proud of that. I’m wearing that mantle for sure. But I’m also stoked that I’m in there with four incredible artists of color — it’s a big moment for the Grammys. It’s exciting when these institutions move in the right way. To me, that is a huge victory."
Read the full excerpt from the poem below:
Rejoice! Our times are intolerable. Take courage, for the worst is a harbinger of the best. Only dire circumstance can precipitate the overthrow of oppressors. The old & correct 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.