Lorde was initially set to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday (Sept. 12), but MTV announced Sept. 3 that the singer was no longer taking to the stage for the event "due to a change in production elements." Now, the singer-songwriter is explaining why her performance was nixed.
In a newsletter to fans sent Thursday (Sept. 9), Lorde addressed the cancellation and the reason behind it. "I saw some people were very concerned about me pulling out of the VMAs, you’re so sweet, I’m totally fine!" the singer assured. "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. There will be many more TV performances, don’t you worry."