"Due to a change in production elements, Lorde can no longer perform at this year’s show," read a statement tweeted by the VMAs handle last week. "We love Lorde and cannot wait for her to perform on the VMA stage in the future! 💛."
On Thursday, Lorde sent a newsletter to her fans explaining her cancellation, and insisting that she "can't make anything less than outstanding."
"I saw some people were very concerned about me pulling out of the VMAs, you're so sweet, I'm totally fine!" she wrote. "It's just that we were planning this insanely amazing many-bodied intimate dance performance, not fully understanding the (very necessary!) safety protocols that are in place, and the masking and distancing just meant it wasn't gonna be what I dreamed, and you know I can't make something less than outstanding for you guys."
"I hope you understand," Lorde's message continued. "There will be many more TV performances, don't you worry."
The 24-year-old musician last sang at the VMAs in 2017, and was previously announced as part of a lineup of performers for this year's event that included Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, Doja Cat, Camila Cabello, Lil Nas X, Machine Gun Kelly and Olivia Rodrigo. She was expected to perform a song from her third album, Solar Power, which was released last month.
Due to a change in production elements, Lorde can no longer perform at this year’s show. We love Lorde and cannot wait for her to perform on the VMA stage in the future! 💛