Lorde performing at the VMAs. Image Source.
Last month, at the annual MTV Video Music Awards Lorde decided not to sing for her performance (she had the flu) and instead do a strange, weirdly enticing interpretative dance, that divided fans from critics in a way that we understand. In all the glitz and glam and polished, pointless sheen of the VMAs it was a surprising relief to see Lorde pulls the moves we all recognise from our own reflections, wine in hand, alone in our bedrooms at 2am (she’s even wearing trackpants under a party dress! So us!). Sometimes, you just catch a feeling and need to dance it out. Not your fault the world is a cruel place in which dancing is either ‘good’ or ‘bad’.
As Lorde explained on podcast WTF With Marc Maron, she’s confused as to why everyone was so mad at it, when she was just expressing herself:
“It’s sort of embarrassing to watch someone experience intense joy. Way more than pain … and I think that’s why people find what I do quite disconcerting,” she explained. “People got, like, so angry about me performing at the VMAs. I just danced. I just danced! And I danced with full fucking joy. Some people were like, ‘We get it, we love it.’ And some people were like, ‘This is offensive that I have to watch this.’”
The Royal Moon Princess hath spoken, and we agree.