Entertainment Music MTV Cut Julia Michaels' VMAs Performance of 'Issues' Short, and the Internet (and Adam Levine) Is Fired Up About It "Julia Michaels gets cut off while she's singing and Lorde gets to NOT sing her whole song," the Maroon 5 frontman tweeted By Jeff Nelson Jeff Nelson Instagram Twitter Jeff Nelson is the Senior News Editor, Entertainment at PEOPLE. For nearly a decade, he has worked across the brand's entertainment verticals, reporting on breaking news and writing and editing across platforms, as well as securing A-list cover exclusives, including Barry Manilow's coming out and an at-home interview with Madonna. Jeff has appeared as an expert on Good Morning America, Extra, HLN and SiriusXM, as well as at RuPaul's DragCon as a moderator. He studied magazine journalism at Drake University, graduating with a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication. People Editorial Guidelines Published on August 27, 2017 10:00 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Breakout singer (and all-around songwriting genius) Julia Michaels took the stage to make her MTV Video Music Awards debut Sunday night, but the network cut her screen time short — much to the chagrin of Adam Levine and many Twitter users. Shortly after Best New Artist finalist Michaels kicked off her performance of her hit single “Issues,” MTV dropped the sound and began announcing upcoming show highlights via voiceover before cutting to commercial. Michaels, 23, released her first EP, Nervous System, this summer and has cowritten some of the biggest pop songs of the past five years, from Justin Bieber‘s “Sorry” to Selena Gomez‘s “Hands to Myself.” Julia Michaels — Pop Music’s Secret Weapon — Opens Up About Writing Hits for Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani and More A-listers and the Internet alike were left up in arms and sounded off on MTV’s abbreviated coverage of Michaels. “Julia Michaels gets cut off while she’s singing and Lorde gets to NOT sing her whole song,” Maroon 5 frontman Levine tweeted of the awards. (After tweeting about having the flu, Lorde took the stage to dance to, but not sing, her entire Melodrama track “Homemade Dynamite.”) Levine’s wife, model Behati Prinsloo, also tweeted in outrage, posting: “Wow @vmas thanks for talking over then cutting to commercial half way through #juliamichaels performance.” “Why did you guys cut the Julia Michaels performance? That was rude. C’mon @MTV @VMAs, we want to see talent,” another fan tweeted. RELATED VIDEO: Classic VMAs Fashion Added another: “we don’t deserve julia michaels she’s so pure and gave our faves bop after bops.” The 2017 VMAs are airing live Sunday night from 8 p.m. ET on MTV. Put your celeb and pop culture knowledge to the test and download PEOPLE and Zynga’s Crosswords with Friends!