Lorde of the dance

Kendrick Lamar leads the way with eight nominations at the Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday

Lorde walked the red carpet at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards with a very hot accessory: the flu.

Her routine included foot stomps, collapsing on the ground, slow motion boxing moves, being carried in the air by back-up dancers dressed in black, and shoulder shrugs.

Instead of singing live, as is customary at awards shows, she opted to dance around to the track while her backing song played, and did so with the kind of jubilance that is an utter joy to watch.

Based on her tweet, it's clear that the reason Lorde had to rely exclusively on her moves on stage was due to the fact that the singer, while too sick to sing, still wanted to do something for her fans during one of the music's biggest nights. Clad in trousers and an aluminum foil dress, she was the picture of youthful happiness and brought an air of freedom to a show that can feel a little stressful or forced.

Lorde arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum.

Her confusing onstage display may have to do with a flu the singer is fighting. And the reason for her surprising performance may have been that the singer was simply too sick to belt out her popular single.

Poor Lorde! But, if you saw her performance, you know she powered through.

In her role as host and performer, Katy Perry changed outfits a whopping ten times.

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