What is the sound of silence? It might sound something like Lorde’s VMA performance.
During the VMA ceremony, singer Lorde chose to keep her mouth shut and dance around the stage rather than serve live vocals. The choice was controversial, to say the least, and Twitter let their unproblematic fave know that they were not here for it.
— Lauren Taylor (@LaurenTh86) August 28, 2017
Lorde…what are you doing, sis? #VMAs
— Alysha (@TheFattestFairy) August 28, 2017
Lorde is just having fun at this point. Sis said shes just gonna go onstage and wing it honey. pic.twitter.com/1q9Ncyj7j8
— Zé (@FATHERBONNET) August 28, 2017
So Lorde is just doing interpretive dance in baggy sweatpants and aluminum foil to a backing track? Cool. #VMAs
— Carlatté (@carlettaisgreat) August 28, 2017
Lorde sis….. just expect the backlash tomorrow #VMAs
— Your Favorite Leo (@IAM_DJ_Michael) August 28, 2017
Lorde can’t dance – so why is this performance her exclusively dancing?
— Kyle Bella (@quixoticblazes) August 28, 2017
lorde, i adore you, but this performance will get you … no green light
i’m sorry, my dear, but you are up for elimination #VMA2017
— Ryan Carey-Mahoney (@thegoodcarmah) August 28, 2017
— Jennifer (@Raining_Jen) August 28, 2017
i’m sorry, but this Lorde performance is stupid. #VMAs
— Kevin Allred (@KevinAllred) August 28, 2017
wyd Lorde hunny do Supercut and sing
— sean (@seanpats) August 28, 2017
— mat whitehead (@matwhi) August 28, 2017
Lorde is doing interpretive dance while her song plays. She’s not singing. Just dancing to her own song. #VMAs
— Ezra (@eazyrooster) August 28, 2017
Lorde is giving me hope I could be a singer…because I wouldn’t have to! C’mon #VMAs, gimme something good.
— Stacy Anne Hoehle (@StacyHoehleEsq) August 28, 2017
At least a few accounts, including Complex, pointed out that Lorde had the flu and couldn’t serve vocals, which is why she danced around the stage.
Lorde: I can’t perform, I have the flu#VMAs: you still gotta perform
— Serena (@_crumblingfool) August 28, 2017
When Lorde recovers, we hope she can give a performance that will have everyone stanning again.