Despite her Album of the Year loss at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, Lorde is grateful to the fans who continue to support her music.
The international pop star this week purchased an ad space on The New Zealand Herald to reflect on the controversial show on Sunday, Jan. 28. The full-page feature was handwritten by the singer herself and included notes from the awards ceremony.
For The Fans
Lorde's appearance at the Grammys was rather controversial. She was the sole female nominee in the Album of the Year category, but she was also the only artist who was not asked to perform solo. Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Jay-Z, and the night's big winner Bruno Mars all got the chance to take the stage and sing their own music.
However, while she did not win any award on Sunday's show, she is still sending a lot of love for the fans who purchased her second studio album Melodrama.
"Oh, hi there! I'm writing this from New York City," the note read. "Angelo [and] I sat in Madison Square Garden last night [and] saw a lot of crazy [and] wonderful things. I just wanted to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for loving and embracing Melodrama the way you did. My nomination belongs to you. Thank you, also, for believing in female musicians. You set a beautiful precedent!"
The 21-year-old was probably shading the Recording Academy's president, Neil Portnow, who commented that female artists should "step up" to receive the same acclaim as their male peers.
Lorde, of all people, know that the problem lies not on her and fellow female artists. They have been topping the charts and have been making game-changing music for the past year. The issue at hand is a respected institution, the Recording Academy, that favors male artists.
This is not the first time that the "Supercut" singer shaded the Grammys. Immediately after the event, Lorde tweeted that she can "murder a stage." She also stitched a powerful #TimesUp message on her red Valentino dress she wore to the event.
Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich argued that the reason Lorde was not asked to perform was because, within the three-hour broadcast, only a few people can be accommodated.
"We have a box and it gets full. She had a great album," he explained. "There's no way we can really deal with everybody."
On a lighter note, the full-page ad also had scribbles detailing the singer's most memorable moments of the night. She shared that Jay-Z's hands are really soft and that she almost cried when she met Stevie Nicks.
— Shayne Currie (@ShayneCurrieNZH) January 30, 2018