Lorde Skips Singing at the VMAs as She Battles the Flu — But Owns the Stage with an Interpretive Dance
Lorde walked the red carpet at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards with a very hot accessory: the flu
The 20-year-old “Green Light” singer showed up at Sunday’s awards at the Forum in Inglewood, California wearing a strapless floor-length lilac feathered Monique Lhuillier dress, her hair pulled up in a half pony.
But as beautiful as the New Zealand star’s looked, it turns out she wasn’t feeling nearly as well.
“You can’t tell in these pictures but I have the flu so bad I needed an IV,” Lorde wrote on Twitter Saturday, after showing fans her “moon princess” look. “#showgoeson #cutelilproppedupcorpse.”
Later, the sick singer took the stage for a performance of her new single “Homemade Dynamite” wearing a dress by JOURDEN x NIKE VAPORMAX SILVER RUFFLE DRESS. But rather than sing the song, she pressed play on a boombox and did an interpretive dance to the track around the stage — skipping and live vocals or lip-sync attempts and leaving a lot of fans confused.
Despite not being in great health, Lorde had a big night on Sunday.
Lorde also off her Melodrama tour next week, Sept. 2, at the Bumbershoot festival in Seattle, Wash., followed by two festival stops in Las Vegas before heading to Europe on Sept. 26.
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Katy Perry hosted the VMAs this year — and also performed alongside Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, Miley Cyrus, Ed Sheeran, Fifth Harmony, Lorde, the Weeknd, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Shawn Mendes Demi Lovato, Logic, Khalid, Julia Michaels, Post Malone, Cardi B of “Bodak Yellow,” and legendary rocker Rod Stewart — the latter who will team up with DNCE for a cover of his 1978 track “Do You Think I’m Sexy.”
P!nk also took the stage to perform her new single “What About Us” from her forthcoming sixth album, Beautiful Trauma — before accepting the evening’s lifetime achievement Video Vanguard award, which pays tribute to her 17-year long career as a performer and trailblazing impact on music, pop culture, fashion and philanthropy.