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Why Lorde’s VMAs Performance Was Canceled Just Before 2021 Show

A change of plans. Lorde was initially introduced as one of many extremely anticipated performances on the 2021 Video Music Awards, however MTV confirmed that the “Solar Power” singer’s set was canceled.

“Due to a change in production elements, Lorde can no longer perform at this year’s show,” the official VMAs Twitter account introduced Friday, September 3. “We love Lorde and cannot wait for her to perform on the VMA stage in the future! 💛”

The songstress, 24, has not acknowledged the change of plans but, nevertheless it isn’t the primary time Lorde has had bother together with her VMAs efficiency.

In 2017, the “Green Light” singer caught the flu however was decided to go on. Instead of singing her single “Homemade Dynamite,” she did an interpretive dance whereas the recorded observe performed. Fans had been puzzled by the selection.

“It’s sort of embarrassing to watch someone experience intense joy,” Lorde mentioned throughout a September 2017 look on the “WTF with Marc Maron” podcast. “I think that’s why people find what I do quite disconcerting. People got, like, so angry about me performing at the VMAs. I just danced. I just danced! And I danced with full f–king joy. Some people were like, ‘We get it, we love it.’ And some people were like, ‘This is offensive that I have to watch this.’”

She is up for one VMA this year, greatest cinematography for her “Solar Power” music video.

Lorde performs on ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ on July 21, 2021
Lloyd Bishop/NBC

Lorde was introduced as a part of an all-star VMAs lineup final month. Though the New Zealand native, born Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, has dropped off the invoice, different stars are set to rock the Barclays Center stage in Brooklyn.

Camila Cabello, Lil Nas X, Machine Gun Kelly and Olivia Rodrigo — all of whom had been introduced within the preliminary spherical of performers alongside Lorde — are nonetheless set to sing. Kacey Musgraves, Chlöe Bailey, Shawn Mendes and Twenty One Pilots have additionally been added to the lineup. Host Doja Cat, in fact, may also carry out for the VMAs viewers.

Justin Bieber is the newest addition to the slew of stars enjoying MTV’s greatest present. The “Peaches” singer, 27, hasn’t carried out on an awards present because the Billboard Music Awards in May 2016. He hasn’t visited the VMAs since August 2015 when he sang “Where Are Ü Now” and “What Do You Mean?” for the Los Angeles viewers.

Bieber can also be up for 5 moon individual statues, together with greatest artist, greatest pop video, greatest cinematography, greatest collaboration and greatest enhancing.

The 2021 Video Music Awards air stay on MTV Sunday, September 12 at 8 p.m. ET.

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