Lorde Does Pretty Pretty Princess at the VMAs

Lorde Does Pretty Pretty Princess at the VMAs

But no one expected this.

Unlike the rest of the evening's performers, Lorde, 20, chose to forego singing altogether, not even lip syncing along with her song "Homemade Dynamite".

And not just any dancing, a very Lorde-esque interpretive dance routine that ended with her collapsing onto the ground.

Lorde performs Homemade Dynamite at the MTV Video Music Awards. She then mimed pressing play and bewildered the audience with her wiry dance moves. 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.

Granted, Lorde is already one of the music industry's more unique performers, with a spastic style of dance that frequently looks like the marriage between a dark magician and a seizure, but the logic behind this silent, expressive performance was nearly certainly not 100 percent artistic.

She also kept a smile on her face throughout the entire dance (the last time you were this happy it was because the Starbucks barista you have a crush on spelled your name right).

She was sick, stricken so badly with the flu she said: "I needed an IV".

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

The ceremony, which has a history of creating controversy including Madonna kissing Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus twerking, will be hosted by another pop princess, Katy Perry, on Sunday (Monday 10am AEST).

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