Though last night's Grammys saw Lorde as the only female contender for the coveted Album of the Year award and many other women snubbed throughout the evening, the singer was sure to make an empowering statement - by wearing one.
Sewn into the back of Lorde's dress was an excerpt from visual artist Jenny Holzer's "Inflammatory Essays," which read:
"REJOICE! OUR TIMES ARE INTOLERABLE. TAKE COURAGE, FOR THE WORST IS A HARBINGER OF THE BEST. ONLY DIRE CIRCUMSTANCE CAN PRECIPTATE 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."
Lorde reportedly declined to perform at "Music's Biggest Night" because, unlike all of her male competitors in the Album of the Year category, she wasn't offered a solo performance slot. After the show, Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich addressed Lorde's absence from the stage. "These shows are always a matter of choices, and we know we have a box and the box gets full and filled up," he said. "She had a great album, album of the year is a big honor, but there's no way we can really deal with everybody." Don't worry, it looks like you're the ones being dealt with.