"Take courage, for the worst is a harbinger of the best"
Lorde promoted the work of feminist artist Jenny Holzer at the Grammys last night by sewing a powerful excerpt of her work into the back of her gown.
As she attended the glittering ceremony in New York, the ‘Melodrama’ singer wore an elaborate red Valentino design which had an excerpt of Holzer’s ‘Inflammatory Essay’ stitched into the back of it.
“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 excerpt stated.
“The old and 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.”
Posting the photo on Instagram, she wrote: “My version of a white rose—THE APOCALYPSE WILL BLOSSOM—an excerpt from the greatest of all time, jenny holzer.”
Despite her attendance, she didn’t perform at the ceremony after reportedly turning down the chance to take part in a tribute to Tom Petty.
According to Variety, the otherwise all-male nominees for Best Album were offered a performance on the night but Lorde was not – and was only asked to take part in a collaborative tribute to Tom Petty, according to Variety.
A source told the publication that she turned down an offer to join other musicians for a performance of the late singer’s hit ‘American Girl’.
Last week, Lorde’s mother Sonja Yelich also drew attention to the snub on Twitter, posting a New York Times article about the awards’ lack of diversity.
She circled a section that reads: “Of the 899 people nominated in the last six Grammy Awards, 9 percent were women.
“This says it all”, Yelich captioned the post.