Lorde Makes Major Statement With Grammys Gown

The New Zealand native took a stand at music's biggest awards show.

On Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, Lorde (real name Ella Yelich-O'Connor) skipped the red carpet pre-show but still managed to make an impact at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. Donning a bright red dress, the "Green Light" singer revealed how she promoted the Time's Up movement on Instagram, and it was definitely unique.

Rather than pin a white rose to her gown, as many other celebrities did, Lorde showed her support for gender equality by having an excerpt from artist Jenny Holzer's Inflammatory Essays sewn onto the back of her dress (via Rolling Stone).

The piece read, "Rejoice! Our times are intolerable. Take coverage 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."

As Nicki Swift previously reported, Lorde was nominated for Best Album of the Year for the record Melodrama, but, unfortunately, lost out to Bruno Mars.

According to TMZ, Lorde was the only nominee in the night's biggest category to not have been asked to perform a solo. Instead, she was reportedly only offered the chance to sing as part of a tribute to the late Tom Petty, which she declined.

Lorde's apparent snub didn't sit well with her fans, including Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson. "We champion women one award weekend & then pull this s*** the next," he tweeted. "@lorde should be singing from her genius album. #2stepsforward3stepsback."

Lorde's mother also commented on the situation days earlier, sharing a New York Times article on Twitter that read, "Of the 899 people nominated in the last six Grammy Awards, the report found, 9 percent were women. (This year, Lorde is the only woman nominated for album of the year; she is not scheduled to perform.)"