[Grammys] Why Isn’t Solo Artist of the Year Nominee Lorde Performing Tonight?

Awards season isn’t JUST for movies and TV, although sometimes it feels that way the first 1/4 of the year. Tonight is the 60th Annual Grammys, and the awards ceremony will recognize the best recordings, compositions and artists of the eligibility year (October 1st 2016–September 30th, 2017).

There have already been some awards presented today (we’ll get you that list here in a few minutes), but the big topic of discussion today is: why aren’t certain nominated acts performing? Specifically, earlier we told you about nominated Best Rock Song band Avenged Sevenfold not attending the ceremony since their award wasn’t going to be televised. This is a strange choice for the Recording Academy, as in years past, they’ve done an okay job of including the rock side of things.

Lorde at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards. Credit: Tinseltown / Shutterstock.com

Apparently also absent from tonight’s set schedule of performers is Album of the Year nominee Lorde. It should be mentioned that Lorde is the only female artist nominated in that category this year.

Variety reports from an unnamed source that part of why she isn’t performing could be because out of those nominees, she was the only Album of the Year nominee not offered a solo performance spot. She was asked to join in one of the multi-artist performances, the tribute to departed songster Tom Petty, and that she declined.

It could also be it’s because she’s been performing in and around LA for the Grammys events the past several nights, and maybe she’s tired. Who knows.

The 60th Annual Grammys air tonight on CBS at 4:30 p.m. (PST).

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.


Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always).

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence.

Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional

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