Only four women were nominated in major categories at the Grammys.
While many artists wore white roses to the Grammys in support of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, Lorde put her own interpretive spin on the unofficial dress code.
Lady Gaga, Anna Kendrick, Sarah Silverman and others all carried roses or had them pinned to their outfits. Lorde had a passage taken from feminist artist Jenny Holzer sewn into the back of her dress.
The passage, taken from Holzer’s 1977-82 project Inflammatory Essays, reads, “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 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.” The singer captioned the photo, “My version of a white rose.”
Lorde’s message seemed especially pointed amid reports that the pop singer, whose album Melodrama was nominated for Album of the Year, was not asked to perform solo like every other (male) nominee in that category. While Bruno Mars, Childish Gambino, and Kendrick Lamar performed their hits, Lorde was asked (and refused) to sing “American Girl” as part of a group tribute to Tom Petty.
And if Lorde’s passage wasn’t enough, her mother, Sonja Yelich, tweeted a shady message to about Grammys two days before the show.
Lorde wasn’t the only woman slighted by the Grammys. Only four women were nominated in major categories — Lorde, SZA, Alessia Cara and Julia Michaels. All but Alessia Cara, who won Best New Artist, came up empty.
Fans were HERE for Lorde’s Holzer passage, especially after her performance snub. Twitter user @tess_russ tweeted, “lorde’s understanding that jenny holzer is the greatest of all time only confirms that we are going to fall in some kind of love.”
@outoftheclique offered a simple statement — “melodrama forever.”
melodrama forever pic.twitter.com/pxyETkHUYL— nejm a (@nejmalto) January 29, 2018
Though Bruno Mars (somehow) went home with the Grammy for Album of the Year, it’s Lorde’s dress that left an impression.