Lorde's Grammy Performance: No Smiles, Plus 7 Other Predictions

MTV News imagines what the 'Royals' singer's awards show debut will look like.

Lorde is primed to sit pretty on the throne at the 2014 Grammy Awards, with four nominations and a performance slated for the big night.

While the Internet is lighting up with predictions as to whether the singer will nab a shiny trophy — or four — MTV News decided to make some guesses as to what her onstage Grammy debut will look like.

Check out what we think — and hope — will go down when Lorde steps up to live that musical fantasy:

We Assume...

...She'll Be 'Real'

Have you seen Lorde's videos for "Royals" and "Team"? They're replete with "real"-looking teens living in some sort of dystopian dreamare.

Go Behind The Velvet Rope At All The Pre-Grammy Parties.

In fact, when it came to casting "Team," Lorde was specifically looking to fulfill a vision of imperfection "where the boy who was second in command had acne on his face, and so did the girl who was queen," she wrote on Facebook. Given Lorde's recent tweets, she may be sporting some spots come the big day herself.

So, when it comes to her Grammy performance, we're not expecting any airbrushed beauties undulating in the background. White teeth teens need not apply.

...She'll Be Dressed To (Unusually) Impress

There'll be no glitter and spandex for this black-lipped royal, we're guessing. Perhaps she'll step out in those "hideous, but awesome" sneakers she chatted about with MTV Style? Orthopedic chic.

...She'll Play 'Royals'

Lorde will likely perform some kind of medley at the Grammys, and we'd bet some Cristal and a Maybach that that melange of jams will include "Royals."

Sure, Lorde might think the jam is "silly" now, according to Rolling Stone, but seeing as how her U.S. tour is already sold-out, we're guessing there are still plenty of people out there who want to see "Royals" live.

Possible Performance Lookalikes?

'The Addams Family'

Lorde seems to be particularly digging on this image of Anjelica Huston from Vogue where she's rocking a look that Morticia Addams, whom she played in the '90s Adamms Family flick, would certainly find appealing.

"Can I also have the over-it zombie eyes?" Lorde writes in her photo caption, along with, "brainstorming for Grammys."

Given Lorde's penchant for not smiling — and the above sentiment — we could see her Grammys performance having a serious Addams-esque vibe. Snap snap.

'Hunger Games'

Looking sharp, Lorde! (Please don't pardon the pun, we don't deserve it). The singer shared this snap of a truly terrifying Siberian bear hunting suit that the cast of "The Hunger Games" might be keen to get their hands, calling it Grammys inspiration.

Given this pointy image, as well as Lorde's powerful contribution to the "Catching Fire" soundtrack — she covered Tears For Fears' "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" — perhaps her Grammy performance will follow in the flick's bloody footsteps.


There's something familiar about this image, which seems to come from a Japanese fantasy film called "The Great Yokai War." Something around the eyes.

Yup, these big-headed creatures bear a certain resemblance Arcade Fire's papier mache doppelgangers, who recently cropped up in their video for "Reflektor."

Perhaps Lorde will get a big head during the Grammys — literally?

We Hope...

...She'll Premiere Some New Tunes

Well, she did drop a new track titled "No Better" in December — perhaps she has some more up her black sleeves.

...David Bowie Will Make An Appearance

This likely will not occur, but we can dream.

Still, they did snap a photo together at the end of last year and they are both nominated for Grammys.

Apparently Bowie thinks Lorde is the "voice of tomorrow," so why not make tomorrow The Next Day? ...or something like that. Just play together, already!