Only one woman is in the running for the Grammy Awards’ most coveted title, Best Album of the Year.
And yet, her voice will not be heard on stage.
Not because she’s got some other… important internationally-acclaimed music awards ceremony to be at. Or the flu.
No, New Zealand singer Lorde is orchestrating her own silent protest.
Because rather than being given the opportunity to perform from her album Melodrama – as is Grammys tradition for the nominees of Best Album of the Year – Variety is reporting she was only asked to sing as part of a group tribute to the late Tom Petty.
(Not just that, but the song she was asked to contribute to was American Girl… Which, well, doesn’t make the most sense for a Kiwi.)
The fellow nominees in the best album category are Childish Gambino, Bruno Mars, Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar.
And, you guessed it: they’re all performing from their respective records, with 21-year-old Lorde watching from the audience.
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