Lorde was very clearly snubbed at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night.
Not in terms of nominations; the singer was actually up for Album of the Year, arguably the highest honor of the entire ceremony.
But that's the entire problem.
Confused? Allow us to explain...
Lorde was the only female to be nominated for Album of the Year at this year's ceremony, as she was joined in the category by Childish Gambino, JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars.
Impressive feat, right? Absolutely.
However, it was somewhat marred by the strange fact that Lorde was the only member of this illustrious group NOT to be asked to perform at the Grammys.
According to Entertainment Tonight, Lorde was approached by producers to take part in a Tom Petty tribute performance at one point during the event...
... but she declined out of protest.
It's hard to blame her, isn't it?
What possible reason would the Grammy Awards have for asking only men to take the stage?
Aside from the obvious reason of sexism, that is?
This oversight was made even more obvious (and unfortunate) by the ongoing #MeToo movement and the ongoing focus on how men are treated differently than women in the entertainment industry.
Late last week, a few days prior to the Grammys, Lorde’s mother sent out a cryptic message that clearly related to this snub.
Highlighting a portion of a New York Times article about gender equality in the music industry, she wrote "This says it all."
CBS viewers subsequently tweeted their outrage on Sunday as they watched other artists and host James Corden soak up airtime in place of Lorde.
Following the show, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow even responded to a question from the press about Lorde’s absence from the roster of performances.
This was not an oversight that went unnoticed.
“We can’t have a performance from every nominee,” he said without addressing any singer by name or indicating whether Lorde was invited to perform.
“We have to create [a show] that has balance... and what you saw was our best judgment on how to do that.”
As you can see above, however, this answer didn't sit well with viewers.
Especially in light of Sting, who isn't exactly relevant these days in the music game, being featured in two separate segments for some reason.
They found time for that, but not any time to recognize Lorde?!?
Not cool, Grammys. Not cool at all.
At least we'll always have Lorde's memorable VMAs performance to replay over and over.
But still: this was very lame.
We all know the point of the Grammy Awards, don't we?
It's not to impress the crowd with your performance or your acceptance speech...
... it's to impress the crowd with your red carpet attire!
Which star accomplished this feat in the most fashionable, ummm, fashion?
Scroll down to find out!
1. Lady Gaga
2. Cardi B
4. Kelly Clarkson
5. Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
6. Katie Holmes
Adele stood and sang.
Bruno Mars made like Prince.
And Beyonce earned the admiration of every single person in attendance by belting out a pair of ballads while pregnant with twins.
But these weren't the only artists who took to the stage at the 2017 Grammy Awards.
Scroll down and click PLAY a bunch of times to watch the best performances from the ceremony and then select your favorite:
1. Adele Says "Hello" to 2017 Grammy Awards
2. Beyonce, Baby Bump Put on Powerful Performance at 2017 Grammys
3. Katy Perry Makes Political Statement with New Single at 2017 Grammys
4. Bruno Mars Pays Moving Tribute to Prince at 2017 Grammys
5. Daft Punk, The Weeknd Grammy Performance Was as Futuristic as You'd Think
6. Beyonce Reacts to Adele Acceptance Speech
The 2017 Grammys belonged to the two biggest solo artists in the business.
Adele won huge and Beyonce performed while pregnant... with twins!
But those weren't the only stars who stood out on stage, for better or worse.
Scroll down for a wrap-up of the most memorable moments from this year's Grammy Awards:
1. Ryan Seacrest Blows It
2. Joy to the World?
3. A Tribe Called ... Awesome!
4. A Host with the Most
5. Bow Down
6. Beyonce Reacts to Adele Acceptance Speech
Joy Villa made quite a fashion statement on the red carpet of the 2017 Grammy Awards.
By showing a lot of skin? By going with a bold color? By choosing an unusual hairstyle?
Nope, nope and nope.
The singer/songwriter did so by wearing a red, white and blue dress that has "Make America Great Again" written on the front and "TRUMP" written along the back.
As you might expect, the outfit earned Villa a great deal of derision on social media, with one Twitter user noting:
"Someone who calls herself a feminist in her Twitter bio is wearing a Make America Great Again dress to the Grammys."
Judge the ensemble for yourself via the following photo gallery:
1. MAGA FTW!
2. Sending a Message
3. A Bold Statement
4. A Fashion Winner or Loser?
5. I Just Want to Make Headlines!
6. Did Trump Pay Her for This?
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Taylor Swift did it, folks.
She got the last laugh in her ongoing feud with Kanye West in the most impressive of fashions:
SHE WON ALBUM OF THE YEAR AT THE 2016 GRAMMY AWARDS!!!!!
The superstar reacted in shock upon hearing her name called, prior to hugging good friends such as Selena Gomez and going through an elaborately awesome handshake with Jack Antonoff:
But it was Taylor's acceptance speech that has folks talking today.
Because she took a pretty clear swipe at Kanye West while become the first woman to EVER win Album of the Year twice.
"I want to say to all the young women out there - there are going to be people along the way who are going to try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame," Swift said at one point.
This was a clear reference to a line in Kanye's new song in which the rapper ponders having sex with Swift and says he made her famous by interrupting her speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
West also calls Taylor a "bitch" in that same track.
Added Swift to conclude her speech on Monday night:
"If you just focus on the work and you don't let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you're going, you'll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there.
"And that will be greatest feeling in the world."
Well said, Taylor,
And very well done.
Swift, meanwhile, also won won Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Music Video for "Bad Blood."
So you just go ahead and keep Tweeting, Kanye. Swift will go ahead and keep winning.
Daddy’s mini musicians!
Proud father Travis Barker brought along two very special guests to Monday’s Grammy Awards: son Landon Asher, 12, and daughter Alabama Luella, 10.
“When they were really young, I had them both playing drums. I basically told them, at any point, if someone puts sticks in your hands because you’re my kids, you got to know what to do with them,” Barker joked of his children’s musical talents.
“So that started him on drums and she can still play, but she prefers the piano and singing.”
Their other talent? Taking fun photos to post to their respective Instagram accounts. And while Barker admitted both children “usually show me stuff” or he will “catch something” before they post, he is happy to let his kids be a part of social media.
“They know what’s up, they’ve been touring with me since they were 2 and they know what’s right and what’s wrong,” he explained. “I think it’s just making sure there is no creeps or anything weird.”
He added, “It’s something fun for them, like on vacation they take pictures.”
“We’ve got like 26 songs. We’ve been working with John Feltman, who’s a great friend, and he’s producing the album,” Barker shared. “It’s amazing. It should drop summertime.”
— Anya Leon
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen Received Fertility Advice from Kim Kardashian West (and Parenting Tips from the President!)
Although the couple were congratulated on their upcoming addition while walking the red carpet, they both joked their future may not be so bright.
“We don’t know her personality yet. It might not be a ‘congrats,’ ” Teigen said during CBS’ red carpet pre-show. Added Legend, “Maybe it’s a punishment.”
But meeting their baby girl isn’t the only thing their waiting on: They have yet to decide on a name or finish the nursery. “Our house is still being renovated,” said Legend.
“We’re mentally ready, but physically, no. At least I’m not,” said Teigen.
“It’s weird because we don’t really know what to expect,” Legend told E! News. Added Teigen, “We’re gonna let it happen. She’s gonna fall right out and we’ll be good.”
As Kim Kardashian West has been giving Teigen pregnancy tips — “Kim gave me advice [on fertility] even before we started. She’s been here the entire time for advice,” the model told E! News — it’s President Barack Obama who’s been sharing secrets with Legend.
“He just said, ‘Be prepared to wrapped around their little finger as their dad,’ ” the “All of Me” singer told CBS.
The couple are already winning more than just best dressed parents-to-be: Prior to their arrival, Legend, 37, won best song written for visual media for “Glory.”
The singer is also up for best rap/sung collaboration for both “One Man Can Change the World,” his song with Big Sean and Kanye West, as well as “Glory,” his song with Common, and best rap song for “Glory.”
It’s no surprise Teigen — who is pregnant with the couple’s first child, a baby girl — decided to put her baby belly on display. On Friday, the expectant star told reporters she was “definitely going to embrace the bump” with her ensemble.
Although she knew she wanted a form-fitting gown, Teigen still hadn’t her final decision on a dress.
“I grow two inches every 12 days … not that anyone’s counting,” she joked of her fittings. “They’re different every time because I keep growing like crazy. But we’re looking at two very different options.”
She added, “I like to go really simple, usually, but we want to have a moment and really have fun with it this year. I have a black option, a black lace, and then a white option. I’m still thinking.”
— Anya Leon
Carrie Underwood Says Son Isaiah Is Her Biggest Accomplishment: He’s the ‘Little Sunshine in My World’
She may have just kicked off her Storyteller tour, but Carrie Underwood is already in need of a night off.
And what better way to celebrate than while walking the red carpet at Monday’s Grammy Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
“We’re in random places sometimes and we’re just stuck with whatever we have. We’ve been really great and staying fit and being healthy while we’re on the road, making the best with what we’ve got,” the “Heartbeat” singer told E! News.
“But this is my little treat to myself this time. This is such a huge tour, we’re out for so long — I need some motivation.”
Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS
“[I’ve been] wearing it for no reason. Like, I’m in my pajamas in my room hanging out, just wearing this for no reason,” she joked. “I was like, ‘I’m not just gonna save it for red carpets. I’ve gotta put it on!’ ”
And while she’s nominated for best country solo performance for “Little Toy Guns,” Underwood admits her biggest accomplishment arrived in March 2015 when she welcomed son Isaiah Michael.
“My little guy is the little sunshine in my world every single day,” she said. “He’s back at the hotel right now. He’s smiley and sweet and happy and … he’s the best.”
— Anya Leon
Charles Kelley Considered Taking Private Plane to the Grammys, But Hasn’t Been Out of His Robe in Two Days
But if he wins best country duo/group performance on Monday, the new dad will not be on hand to accept the award.
The decision comes after Kelley and his wife Cassie welcomed son Ward Charles on Thursday — six days ahead of his original due date. In the week leading up to his son’s birth, Kelley, 34, told PEOPLE attending music’s biggest night was still up in the air.
“I told [Cassie], ‘I do not have to go,’ and she goes, ‘No, I want you to go, Charles. This project means the world to you — this is a big moment for you,’ ” he said.
“If I do go to the Grammys, I’m going to just have to bite the bullet and have a little private plane waiting in the wings.”
Source: Charles Kelley/Twitter
On Monday, Kelley took to Twitter to confirm he wouldn’t be attending. “Haven’t gotten out of my robe for two days. wish I could be [at the Grammys] today but my boy [Eric Paslay] representing in case we win,” he tweeted.
Other than the hectic timing of their baby boy’s birth, the first-time father felt pretty confident about parenthood. After spending much of his time surrounded by kids — brother Josh Kelley and his wife Katherine Heigl have two daughters while Lady Antebellum bandmates Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood are also parents — Kelley admitted he had plenty of experience.
“I feel really prepared. I know that sounds so naive, but I have a lot of nieces and nephews,” he explained. “I’ve been around Dave and Hillary’s babies on the road a lot.”
And Kelley has also dedicated time to brushing up on his baby skills on his own, which has included YouTube tutorials on swaddling. “That is the most astonishing thing,” he joked. “Babies are going ape s— [and] all of a sudden get them into that tight burrito and they just shut down. It’s the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.”
All the baby prepping had a few surprising perks, said Kelley — especially when it came time to learn about breastfeeding..
“We had a lactation nurse come over and talk to Cassie about all the different things and apparently, I’m supposed to massage her boob a little bit,” he shared. “I was like, ‘I can do that!’ ”
And while Kelley was clearly thrilled about welcoming his son — “We’ve been waiting for this moment for what feels like our whole marriage,” he said — the Lady Antebellum singer was worried about one thing.
“The only thing that scares me is the lack of sleep. I am such a baby when it comes to no sleep,” he explained. “Sleeping and vocal health go in the same category. I can always tell when I’ve been on the road and haven’t gotten any sleep.”
But even the potential all-nighters with a newborn didn’t deter Kelley’s excitement.
“I know how to do the rest of the things — I’m not grossed out by any of the other stuff,” he said. “I feel like I’m going to be a good dad. I love kids so much.”
— Anya Leon with reporting by Danielle Anderson
“He ties my shoes for me — it’s hard to bend over,” the model, 30, told PEOPLE Sunday as she and Legend stepped out at Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy Gala in Beverly Hills. “We are almost at the point where he will have to shave my legs for me.”
Teigen sported a green, form-fitting Galvan dress — “It’s a color that I really hadn’t worn before and it’s hard to find a good fabric right now” — topped with vintage Cartier Paris earrings to the event. Both she and Legend, who wore a simply black suit and tie, cradled Teigen’s baby belly as they posed for pictures.
She told PEOPLE at the event that Legend, who is performing a tribute to Lionel Richie at Monday’s awards ceremony, is “going to be the best father … he deserves a little girl.”
And what will Teigen be wearing to the show? She hasn’t decided.
“I grow two inches every 12 days … not that anyone’s counting,” the model, who makes her seventh appearance in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition this week, joked to PEOPLE on Friday. “We’re looking at two very different options. We want to have a moment and really have fun with it this year. I have a black option — a black lace — and then a white option. I’m still thinking.”
Foremost on her mind, however, is the biggest change of all — becoming a mom.
“I’m just looking forward to seeing her face, and having her in my arms so I’m like, ‘Oh my God, this is real!'” Teigen explains. “Right now it’s not real enough. I feel her [moving], but it’s still not real.”
— Char Adams with reporting by Reagan Alexander
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