According to the singer, people considered her performance ’embarrassing’ because ‘it’s so private seeing someone experience such joy’ publicly.
If you watched this year’s VMAs a few weeks ago, you probably remember that Lorde took the stage without singing a single note. While she was suffering bad flu, she forced herself to fulfill her performing duty by showing off interpretive dance moves at the award-giving event while grooving to her song “Homemade Dynamite”.
While many people loved her performance, many others criticized it. Internet trolls even called it “awkward” and compared Lorde to a “dizzy two-year-old” at a family party. However, the songstress apparently had no problem with all the negative remarks as she didn’t intend to please anybody with the dance and simply wanted to express her joy with it.
Speaking to Marc Maron for WTF Podcast, Lorde shared, “It’s sort of embarrassing to watch someone experience intense joy. 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.”
The “Royals” hitmaker said that people’s responses were purely psychological. “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 explained. “I’m like, oh, it’s because it’s so private seeing someone experience such joy… [But] it’s really changed my life, opening up to being very unafraid of intense joy publicly.”
During the interview, Lorde also talked about her discomfort with the spotlight following her successful career as a pop star. “New Zealand and America are such different places, and it’s something I’ll never get used to in my life,” she said. “It’s so f**king crazy how different it is.”
Lorde is currently hitting the road for a tour in support of her latest album “Melodrama”. She kicked off the extensive trek with a European run before returning to her hometown of New Zealand for seven gigs. She then will head to Australia later this year before embarking on the North American leg next year.