Halsey Explains Why She Skipped Attending the 2018 VMAs: 'It Didn't Feel Right to Go'

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Halsey attends the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, Calif.

Pop heavyweight Halsey was conspicuously absent from the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards on Monday night (Aug. 20). Usually a fixture at the event as both performer and attendee, she was a no-show last night, spending the evening tweeting with fans about her astrological chart instead.

After a fan asked the “Alone” singer why she was not in attendance at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, she cited the lack of nominations she received this year for her (self-directed) music videos for Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. 

“Bc I directed all my own music videos this album just to have @MTV “#wcw” me to death and not nominate me for anything so it didn’t feel right to go,” the singer tweeted just before the awards ceremony kicked off. “I’m happy you guys liked the videos. That’s all that matters to me.”

Halsey released a lofty five-part narrative suite of visuals to accompany five tracks from Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. The videos chronicled a queer love affair styled after the Baz Luhrmann-directed version of Romeo + Juliet. Its final installment, the fighters-not-lovers track "Strangers," was released in June.

It's worth nothing that the music videos attached to Hopeless Fountain Kingdom weren't entirely shut out from nominations. Last year, she received a best cinematography VMA nod for the music video for “Now Or Never,” the album's lead single.

Halsey headlined the first night of the Billboard Hot 100 Festival, and will wrap up her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom tour on Sept. 26 in Berlin.

See her tweet below:

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