So much interest in Lorde, the New Zealand pop star who became famous with the song “Royals” three years ago.
Despite an Album of the Year nomination for “Melodrama,” an album that shouldn’t have been nominated in the first place, Lorde is not performing at the Grammys.
Various reports say she wasn’t offered a solo spot on the show. I’m told she wasn’t offered any spot. This, after Republic Records pushed to get “Melodrama” nominated despite very low sales– only 160,000 copies since its release last June. “Melodrama” was a non starter.
But then Lorde made headlines recently, after her nomination, when she decided to drop Tel Aviv from her next tour. She’d been influenced by anti-Israel forces like Roger Waters, who are endorsing anti-Semitism by bullying artists into not performing in Israel. They should be ashamed of themselves.
I wrote then that there would be repercussions for Lorde, who is 21 and is probably not much of a world scholar. So she’s flown 8,800 miles with her parents and she’s not on the Grammys. Big surprise. She can sing, you know. She appeared on stage for MusiCares on Friday singing Fleetwood Mac’s “Silver Spring.” She sang at another event, too. She came last night to Clive Davis’s dinner as the date of producer Jack Antonoff, who just broke up with Lena Dunham.
So why isn’t Lorde on the Grammys– even though she’s one of the few female nominees? I think you got the answer.
Meantime, Lorde posted a Tweet last night as she was off to the Clive Davis dinner:
not ur trophy wife 💵 pic.twitter.com/enEbS1PGlG
— Lorde (@lorde) January 28, 2018