Though Lorde is nominated for Album of the Year at the 2018 Grammys for Melodrama, it was reported that she would be boycotting the red carpet and an offer to perform a group tribute to Tom Petty because she wasn't given the opportunity to perform solo like the other (all male) nominees in her category.
It seems that she made the decision to attend, but rocked a poem by visual artist Jenny Holzer on the back of her crimson-red gown as her own creative form of protest:
Lorde captioned a photo of the poem with, "My version of a white rose — THE APOCALYPSE WILL BLOSSOM — an excerpt from the greatest of all time, jenny holzer."
The excerpt in question is from the artist's 1977 "Inflammatory Essays," which have been cited frequently this past year as highly relevant to the times we live in.
"Rejoice! Our times are intolerable. Take courage, for the worst is a harbinger of the best. Only dire circumstances can precipitate 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."