Lorde Sews Feminist Poem On Her Grammy Gown

Lorde Sews Feminist Poem On Her Grammy Gown

The Melodrama singer opted for words of wisdom over a white rose.

The Melodrama singer opted for words of wisdom over a white rose.

Text: Gillian Rivera

Last night, stars adorned the red carpet at Madison Square Garden to celebrate the 60th Grammy Awards. In similar fashion to the blackout stance taken at the Golden Globes, artists displayed white roses to show their solidarity for the Time’s Up Movement, but one of the nominees decided to show her support in a more unique way. Lorde forwent the white rose in favor of a poem by neo-conceptual artist Jenny Holzer. Sewn into the back of her red gown, the artist chose an excerpt from Holzer’s Inflammatory Essay series.

“Rejoice! Our times are intolerable. Take courage, for the worst is a harbinger of the best. Only dire circumstance 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,” reads the excerpt.

“My version of a white rose — THE APOCALYPSE WILL BLOSSOM — an excerpt from the greatest of all time, jenny holzer”, says Lorde in her Instagram caption.

Criticism has been slung at the Grammy producers for not offering Lorde a solo performance. Her latest release, Melodrama, was released this past year and was nominated for Album of the Year. According to Variety, the New Zealand born singer declined an offer to be part of a collective tribute to the late Tom Petty, as opposed to her performing her nominated tracks.

Despite the ongoing battle for gender equality, Alessia Cara was the only women to take home an award during the televised segment of the show, making statements like Lorde’s vitally important to spreading awareness of the blatant inequality in the entertainment industry, which was demonstrated at last night awards.

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