Lorde declined to perform as part of an ensemble as part of the 2018 Grammy Awards, because her fellow Album of the Year nominees – all of whom are male – were offered solo performance spots, Variety reports.
Citing a source with knowledge of the biggest awards night in the music industry, the 21-year-old Kiwi world-beater was asked to perform as part of a group tribute to late American rocker Tom Petty.
The singer born Ella Yelich-O’Connor turned that offer down, on the basis that the other contenders for the top prize – Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, Childish Gambino, and Bruno Mars – were granted free reign to perform hits from their own smash records.
The apparent snub comes after her record Melodrama hit the top spot on the US Billboard 200 chart, and received critical acclaim across the board. Her work was also recognised with four entries in Triple J’s Hottest 100 of 2017.
The report comes after Lorde’s mother, Sonya Yelich, commented on a New York Times excerpt discussing the gender disparity between male and female nominees.
— Sonja Yelich (@sonjayelich1) January 26, 2018
The Grammys are slated to start at 11.30am today. If the reports are accurate, don’t expect to see a huge amount of the critically acclaimed singer this time around.