Lorde wore a piece of paper containing a feminist essay attached to her Valentino gown to the Grammys.

Lorde's essay on Grammys dress (c) Instagram

Lorde's essay on Grammys dress (c) Instagram

The 'Green Light' singer chose an alternative to the white roses many stars, including Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Pink and Lana Del Rey, placed on their outfits in recognition of the Time's Up movement.

Instead, Lorde attached a piece of prose written by women rights activist and neo-conceptual artist, Jenny Holzer.

Alongside a photo of the back of her stunning red dress taken at the ceremony at New York's Madison Square Garden on Sunday (28.01.18), with the note visible, Lorde wrote on Instagram: "My version of a white rose - THE APOCALYPSE WILL BLOSSOM - an excerpt from the greatest of all time, jenny holzer (sic)"

The inspiring handwritten text read: "Rejoice! Our times are intolerable. Take courage, for the worst is a harbinger of the best. Only dire circumstance 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."

The New Zealand beauty reportedly pulled out of performing at the glitzy bash after being declined a solo spot, with reports circulated that she was the only Album of the Year nominee not to be offered the chance to take centre stage alone.

One source told Variety she was initially approached to be a part of a tribute to the late Tom Petty, for a performance featuring his song 'American Girl', but she declined to be involved.

Instead, the memorial tribute saw Chris Stapleton and Emmylou Harris perform 'Wildflowers'.

However, Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich later insisted that it's not possible to host everyone on their own, even though the 'Royals' singer had a "great record" in 'Melodrama'.

He told the publication: "It's not for me to talk about. I produce the TV show. I don't know if it was a mistake. These shows are a matter of choices. We have a box and it gets full. She had a great album. There's no way we can really deal with everybody."

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