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15 Looks That Saved the 2021 Met Gala

So many disappointments that not even Rihanna could save us.

Timothee Chalamet Flirting with Keke Palmer was the best moment of the night

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Let's just say it: the Met Gala was … embarrassing.

We waited two years, we speculated for months, and then the night finally came and it was disappointing at best, but more aptly described as a horror show of mediocrity and misses. And then we woke up the day after and had to remember that no, it wasn't a dream.

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Lorde - Solar Power

Lorde's decision to move away from her moody, neon-drenched sounds of old and into a more buoyant, sunny frame of mind has proven divisive.

Her album Solar Power has received mixed reviews, with some fans missing the gnarly emotional impact of her previous masterpiece, Melodrama.

But there's a subtle kind of magic on Solar Power, similar in its potency to Melodrama but of a different breed. Melodrama had a way of diving into the deep emotional core of human experience — love, terror, horror, high drama.

Instead of re-entering that core and attempting to draw more blood from her heart, on Solar Power Lorde chooses to float around the edges of experience, admiring life from a distance, as if staring down from the sun. She dances in spaces of silence and reflection. She remembers the heat of the past but makes the conscious decision to turn her face away, towards more wide-open vistas.

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Lorde Solar Power

Lorde is back just in time for Hot Vaxxed Summer with a sunny new single called "Solar Power."

The song, Lorde's first in four years, comes along with an appropriately sunny video that features Lorde in a brilliant yellow dress, dancing on a beach and looking like the embodiment of joy.

Lyrically, the song seems to be a call to live your wildest and most hedonistic summer dreams after a terrible year indoors. It's also an ode to self-love, with Lorde referring to herself as a "prettier Jesus" (no, you can't make this up).

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Lorde's reimagined performance of "Melodrama" for VEVO at New York's own Electric Lady Studios

LIVE | Watch this stripped-down reimagining of the New Zealand pop star's latest effort

In collaboration with VEVO, Lorde performed six reimagined songs off her latest Melodrama in New York's own Electric Lady Studios.

The performances are as raw and vulnerably bare as you'd expect from Lorde, who released an album that quickly and suddenly shocked us all into retrospect this past June. These alternate versions of "Hard Feelings/Loveless," "Writer in the Dark", "Supercut," "Sober," "Homemade Dynamite,", and "The Louvre" coherently flow and blend into each other as parallel lives of the tracks themselves. In a behind the scenes video, Lorde remarks, ""I don't really do, like, acoustic sessions or anything, but with this record, it had roots in acoustic instruments and live musicianship."

A lot of scenes amongst the video series include Lorde dancing on a rooftop, in a white breezy gown, with a choir's most moving performance. A piano inside the studio played a significant role in the making of Melodrama, having been the same one many songs were created on. "A lot of Melodrama is really about taking these kind of traditionally young female emotions – it was kind of interesting to me to take those, and amplify them and make them into something kind of transcendent," Lorde said in the backstage clip. "And so I feel like having the girls out on the roof and making a really beautiful multipart harmony and just getting to have a sing is kind of what should have always happened with Melodrama I think, what the DNA of it is for sure."

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In a recent interview with NME, Lorde shed some light on the process of recording the album. "Melodrama' is very much a personal statement. "The first record was 'we' and 'us'. And this record is 'I'," she said. "The focus does close in. I think that was necessary to get to the level of frankness that's in there." And yet the world's horrors seep in, mixing with the fevered feelings.It's about contrast: really big and grand, and really tiny and intimate. Going from the personal, emotional stuff to the headlines and the web. It goes from the world to my bedroom. You're talking about literal, out-there violence and, like, heart violence."

Melodrama has received much critical acclaim, with the New Zealand pop star having just performed (or danced to) "Dynamite" at the 2017 VMA Awards. It's hard to imagine what life's been like ever since "Royals" exploded on the charts back in 2013, but if there's one thing that holds up, it's that there's no place like home. "It's cool to have gone all over the world and to know that's [New Zealand] where I want to be," she tells NME. No matter how long you're away, home is always around once you realize there's no such thing as a perfect place, something timelessly encapsulated by Lorde with the final line of Melodrama: "What the f**k are perfect places anyway?"

Melodrama is out now. Get it!

Melodrama available on Amazon

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Lorde's performance at the VMAs was dynamite!

Lorde said forget about traditional performances and broke the norm with a serene but moving performance.

But the dynamite was surprisingly silent Sunday night...

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I had almost forgotten the VMA's were on but as I stumbled into my local bar to pick up some takeout, Jack Antonoff took the stage to announce Lorde's performance. "I've seen her walk barefoot through New York and eat sushi from a gas station," Jack Antonoff mused about Lorde. He also said that it was an honor to watch her create some of the most important music in the past two years and referred to her as Ella which made us, "aw," at how close the producer and artist appear to be.

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Lorde took the stage and spritely placed a cassette tape into a boom box, just as we had seen her do earlier this month in her collaboration with Vevo. We waited patiently for the beat to drop and for Lorde to start singing; however, it never happened. Instead, we were left with a performance unique to anything I've seen before. Lorde wore a metallic tinfoil-esque peplum style dress over khaki pants with some comfy kicks. Her hair was half up, half down and textured. Her laid back hair style doubled as both her performance style and her red carpet look paired with a "moon princess" gown as she described it. She looked stunning in both looks.

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Lorde's lack of singing did not cause for a lack of performance. She proceeded to do an interpretive dance that while was simple, perfectly accented the best parts of the track and the song. Even better? She looked like she was in bliss the entire time she did it. There has now been a statement released that Lorde was coming down with the flu before the show and decided to opt for a vocal-less performance, but honestly before I even knew that, I just loved the concept of the artist rocking out to her own song. We're so self-critical it was nice to see Lorde get down to her song the exact same way us fans do. I feel like this performance though simple was a really great representation of our generation.

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If you were to look at VMA performances, I think that people will definitely recognize her performance as essential 2017 pop culture. That's one of my favorite things: when music and pop culture merge seamlessly each contributing to the other. The fact that she used a cassette definitely is really pointed at how concerned with throwback us nineties babies are. The carefree tune also aligns with our generations habit to let loose when we can in this stressful environment. Everything down to the comfortable, unique look she wore for the performance screams 2017 and I loved it. Apparently she also became a GIF and what is more 2017 than that?

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Lorde was nominated for two VMA awards this year, one for Best Editing for "Greenlight," the first single from her sophomore album Melodrama.

She was also nominated for Artist of the Year. Unfortunately, she didn't bring home any VMA's this year, but all eyes are definitely on her for the brilliant artist she is blossoming into at just twenty years old.

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