The singer was expected to perform a song from her latest album, Solar Power.
Lorde is speaking out about the cancellation of her MTV Video Music Awards performance. On Thursday, the 24-year-old singer sent a newsletter to her fans in which she explained why she called off the show, revealing that she doesn't want to underdeliver.
"I saw some people were very concerned about me pulling out of the VMAs, you're so sweet, I'm totally fine!", she wrote. "It's just that we were planning this insanely amazing many-bodied intimate dance performance, not fully understanding the (very necessary!) safety protocols that are in place, and the masking and distancing just meant it wasn't gonna be what I dreamed, and you know I can't make something less than outstanding for you guys."
"I hope you understand. There will be many more TV performances, don't you worry", she added.
Last week, the official Twitter account for the awards ceremony announced that Lorde would be stepping down. "Due to a change in production elements, Lorde can no longer perform at this year's show. We love Lorde and cannot wait for her to perform on the VMA stage in the future!", read the tweet.
The songstress was expected to perform a track off her latest album, Solar Power, which was released in August — marking her return to music after a four-year hiatus.
Despite this minor setback, the VMAs will nevertheless a slew of performers like Justin Bieber, Lil Nas X, Machine Gun Kelly, Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Olivia Rodrigo, and Doja Cat, the latter of whom will also be serving as host.
In addition, the Foo Fighters will be hitting the stage and be honored with the first-ever U.S. Global Icon award.
The MTV VMAs air live from New York City on Sunday, September 12.