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Lorde Wore Clothes During ‘Royals’ Performance Last Night, Proving Talented Pop Stars Don’t Have To Be Strippers

Lorde Grammy Nomination Concert CBS 12-6-13

Not only did my girl Lorde receive four Grammy nominations last night, but she also performed live during the nominations concert.  Fully clothed.  We’re talking loose-fitting long sleeves and pants, here, guys.  Nary a tongue, butt cheek, pole, nipple, or camel toe to be seen. And she still had the crowd roaring and my eyeballs captivated. I know, I know.  So weird!

If you’re not yet convinced pop stars can still give an entertaining performance without dry-humping various objects on stage,  give Rashida Jones‘ commentary on female pop stars a read.  Trust me, it’s worth your time (if for no other reason than she dubbed 2013 “Year of the Vagina”). Basically my other favorite, vocal girl Rashida is sick and tired of female pop stars defining their “sexuality” as selling sex for the pleasure of men and not themselves.  And she hates it when pop stars begrudge their “role model” status, because whether they realize it or not, they are.  The financial success of these pop stars depends on their young, impressionable fans.  Who see the singers of their favorite songs grinding, writhing, and squirting whipped cream from their tits instead of focusing on their other positive, womanly attributes.  She says it a lot better than I do, but suffice it to say that Lorde’s performance last night really brought Rashida’s point home for me.  And before you ram it down my throat in the comments below, please know I feel “slut-shaming” is an overused, derogatory, shallow term.  I don’t believe Rashida was doing that.  (Also, every time I mention the phrase “pop stars” in this article, take a drink!)

Back to Lorde.  Lorde is only seventeen so I already know I don’t want to see her acting like a stripper, but that’s never stopped other teen pop idols from doing just that.  Instead, she focuses on doing what she likes to do.  On what makes her happy.  Not her seventeen-year-old male peers.  Her voice and unique style are more than enough recipe for a great performance and the makings of a solid female role model.  Anything else would just be a distraction for her talent.  Oh, how I hope 2014 will be the “Year of Lorde and Others Like Her.”

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  • Anna

    Why all this slut shame? Who cares what the girls wear as loong as they are happy and doing what they want to do.

    • Cassandra Hough

      Because I don’t believe they’re doing it for themselves. They’re doing it for men to find them “hot.”

  • Bazza

    Agree 100%. I really hope 2014 and beyond Lorde leads the current crop of female pop divas into a less sexually charged environment. I admire Lorde so much. She is a true artist.

  • Nickota

    Well she seems like a lovely girl and have her priorities figured out.

    But her boyfriend is 24 years old. They started dating when she was 16. Maybe a time for a new article?

    • Ella

      what’s the matter? if he loves her and she loves him what is the problem of being dating

    • Nickota

      I agree with you. As I said she seems to have her own opinions and is not afraid to voice them. Kind of refreshing. Even if she caught some flak for it. She seems quite mature for her age. She was just nominated for 4 Grammies I think. Congrats, I hope she wins.

      However I read some strong opinions from this site on a man who started dating 16 years old girl. I’m just curious why different criteria in this case?

    • jude

      In New Zealand, the consent age is 16

    • Cassandra Hough

      I don’t think it’s appropriate for a 24-year-old to date a 17-year-old in any way. But this article was about female pop stars and their sexuality. That’s a story for another day!

  • Sara

    A 7 year age gap isn’t really that much for a seemingly mature girl. There are no legal issues either because here in NZ the age of consent is 16.

  • LemmeSplain

    There’s a distinct difference between “slut shaming” and holding one responsible one’s actions. “Slut shaming” can’t continue to be the go-to response to shining a light on what some may view as problematic or controversial behavior. The sexuality of young women is being commoditized and the ones getting rich aren’t worried about anyone’s shame, but maybe they should be.

    • Cassandra Hough

      Thank you for this. I completely agree.