Every year at the Grammys, it is a tradition for the nominees for the biggest award of the night, Best Album, to perform a song on stage.
Last night, we saw Childish Gambino, Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar all perform live, with Kendrick rapping verses from five of his songs, while remaining nominees Jay Z and Lorde stayed seated.
Jay Z, (nominated for the most amount of awards yesterday (8) but didn’t win anything) actually declined to perform, with the Grammy’s executive producer, Ken Ehrlich, confirming he, “basically said he'd rather not. He wanted to come and enjoy the show.”
Lorde, on the other hand, wasn’t asked to sing a solo.
Instead, she was asked to perform as part of an ensemble to pay tribute to the late Tom Petty. She declined.
Following the ceremony, Lorde took to Twitter to not-so-subtly comment on the snub by inviting the public to buy tickets to her upcoming tour. (Article continues below)
“IF YOU’RE DEBATING WHETHER OR NOT I CAN MURDER A STAGE... COME SEE IT FOR URSELF 😇” she wrote.
As for an explanation, Ehrlich told reporters afterwards, "These shows are always a matter of choices, and we know we have a box and the box gets full and filled up.
“She had a great album, album of the year is a big honour, but there's no way we can really deal with everybody. Sometimes people get left out that shouldn't, but on the other hand, we did the best we can to make sure that it's a representative and balanced show."
There were a number of performances yesterday, but not including one of the nominees for Best Album, especially someone as talented as Lorde, is a pretty weak move.