Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Grammys: Lorde Won’t Be Performing Despite Album Nomination After Boycotting Israel on Tour


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:

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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