Here’s why Lorde turned down a Grammy performance

Lorde isn’t performing at the Grammys as she wasn’t offered a solo slot, and was instead asked to perform with other artists.

The New Zealand singer is up for Album of the Year for ‘Melodrama‘ at the New York ceremony tonight (January 28). While the other nominees up for the award – all male – were offered a performance, Lorde 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’.


Earlier this week, Lorde’s mother Sonja Yelich 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 year, Lorde is the only woman nominated for album of the year; she is not scheduled to perform.)”

“This says it all,” Yelich captioned the post.

Lorde is joined in the Album of The Year category by Jay-Z (‘4:44’), Kendrick Lamar (‘DAMN’), Bruno Mars (’24K Magic’) and Childish Gambino, (‘”Awaken, My Love!”‘).


All are scheduled to perform apart from Jay-Z, who declined the offer.

In 2014, the singer took home Grammys for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance – both awarded for her breakout single ‘Royals’.

Meanwhile, Lorde did however perform elsewhere in New York City this weekend. Joining the likes of Harry Styles, Haim and Miley Cyrus, the popstar took to the stage to honour Fleetwood Mac at MusiCares’ Person of the Year.