Lorde Makes Feminist Statement With Poem Sewn Onto Grammys Gown
Amidst an evening of white roses and disappointingly low numbers of wins for women in major categories, sole female Album of the Year nominee Lorde made a poignant feminist statement with her gown at the 2018 Grammys—more specifically, with a poem sewn onto the back of her dress.
The Melodrama singer shared a closer look at the essay, a 1970s feminist poem by Jenny Holzer, on Instagram, writing, "My version of a white rose...an excerpt from the greatest of all time."
"Rejoice! Our times are intolerable. Take courage, for the worst is a harbinger of the best," the poem reads. "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."
On Sunday (January 28), men cleaned up at the Grammys, with Ed Sheeran beating out artists including Lady Gaga, Kesha, Kelly Clarkson, Pink and Lana Del Rey in the Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Album categories, and Bruno Mars — who won all six Grammys he was nominated for — winning over Lorde, the only female nominee in her category, for Album of the Year.
It's reported that Lorde, who did not perform last night, was the only nominee in her category who was not asked to perform solo during the ceremony: fellow honorees Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar and Mars performed, while Jay-Z was asked to perform but declined earlier in the month.
Variety reports that despite being nominated for Album of the Year, the Recording Academy only asked Lorde to participate as part of a group Tom Petty tribute, which she declined.
In 2014, Lorde took home the awards for Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year for her Pure Heroine single, "Royals."
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