Lorde’s Grammys Dress Included A Feminist Poem In Support Of #TimesUp

Our queen and saviour Lorde rocked up to the 2018 Grammy Awards today with no less than an excerpt of a feminist essay pinned to her back. We’ll say it again: QUEEN.

The 21-year-old artist, who’s up for Album of the Year, uploaded a photo of the poem to social media.

It’s an excerpt from Jenny Holzer‘s Inflammatory Essays, a series of 100-word long pieces written in the 1970s with messages on sexuality, violence and abuse of power.

“My version of a white rose – THE APOCALYPSE WILL BLOSSOM – an excerpt from the greatest of all time, Jenny Holzer,” Lorde wrote on Instagram, referencing the white roses worn to the Grammys in support of Time’s Up.


The piece is a rallying cry for those seeking to overthrow abusive powers, and in this context, is a show of support for those seeking to end sexual harassment, assault and abuse across all industries.

It says:

“Rejoice! Our times are intolerable. Take courage, for the worst is a harbinger of the best. Only dire circumstances 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 full piece includes the lines:

“Opposition identifies and isolates the enemy. Conflict of interest must be seen for what it is. Do not support palliative gestures; they confuse the people and delay the inevitable confrontation. Delay is not tolerated for it jeopardises the well-being of the majority.”

And if that wasn’t enough, she pulled a Rihanna and brought a matching flask to the awards.

Here she is, sat between her non-boyfriend Jack Antonoff and brother Angelo Yelich-O’Connor and CASUALLY WAVING HER LUX RED FLASK.

How and where do we get one, that’s what I want to know.