On Friday, MTV introduced that certainly one of its star performers on the upcoming VMAs will not carry out. A tweet posted to the official VMAs account learn:
“On account of a change in manufacturing components, Lorde can not carry out at this 12 months’s present. We love Lorde and can’t anticipate her to carry out on the VMA stage sooner or later!”
It’s unclear what manufacturing components modified, however Lorde’s video for the title monitor of her new album, Photo voltaic Energy, is nominated for Greatest Cinematography on the present.
On account of a change in manufacturing components, Lorde can not carry out at this 12 months’s present. We love Lorde and can’t anticipate her to carry out on the VMA stage sooner or later! 💛
— Video Music Awards (@vmas) September 3, 2021
It’s not the primary VMAs controversy for the star. The final time she appeared on the present, in 2017, Lorde carried out her tune “Selfmade Dynamite,” however didn’t sing. As a substitute, she did an interpretive dance onstage whereas the tune performed within the background.
Viewers have been perplexed. Lorde later posted and rationalization on Twitter (which has since been deleted).
“you possibly can’t inform in these footage however i’ve the flu so unhealthy i wanted an IV #showgoeson #cutelilproppedupcorpse,” she wrote.
She later supplied extra on the subject, saying that “Individuals received, like, so offended about me performing on the VMAs.” As a substitute of singing, “I simply danced. I simply danced!” she defined. “And I danced with full f*cking pleasure.”
Afterward she says she realized why some folks disliked the efficiency. “I’m like, ‘Oh. It’s as a result of it’s so personal seeing somebody expertise such pleasure publicly.’”
Justin Bieber, Kacey Musgraves, Chlöe, Doja Cat, Shawn Mendes, Twenty One Pilots, Camila Cabello, Lil Nas X, Machine Gun Kelly and Olivia Rodrigo are nonetheless a go for the occasion, which shall be hosted by Doja Cat. It airs from Barclays Heart on Sunday, September 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.