Her routine included foot stomps, collapsing on the ground, slow motion boxing moves, being carried in the air by back-up dancers dressed in black, and shoulder shrugs.
The "Greenlight" singer took to the 2017 MTV VMAs stage to perform "Homemade Dynamite", but not quite how her fans expected.
It was later revealed that the singer turned up to the event with a awful flu, and it was so bad she needed an IV drip before the show.More news: Trump pardons ex-Arizona sheriff accused of racial profiling
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"You can't tell in these photos but I have the flu so bad I needed an IV", she tweeted following her red carpet appearance.
Granted, Lorde is already one of the music industry's more unique performers, with a spastic style of dance that frequently looks like the marriage between a dark magician and a seizure, but the logic behind this silent, expressive performance was nearly certainly not 100 percent artistic. The New Zealand-born singer hit the red carpet looking like an actual princess.
MTV, continuing on from the MTV Movie and TV Awards earlier in the year, has abolished gender-specific categories with male and female artists competing against each other. Follow Be on Facebook,Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.