Just when you thought the New Zealand artist was having the best year of her life, she goes and raises the bar: Lorde will perform at the 2017 VMAs. MTV made the exciting announcement in a statement released Monday, and it's just the latest milestone in a landmark year for the 20-year old. In addition to releasing her long-awaited sophomore album Melodrama to much critical acclaim, Lorde has also been running the festival circuit. Ever since the warm weather hit, she's been continent-hopping, hitting up big-name festivals like Coachella and Glastonbury, in locales from Belgium to Japan to Montreal and back again.
Amidst all of that, she somehow also found time to take a turn as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live in March, perform at the Billboard Music Awards in May, and to give zero effs what critics think about her dancing ever. Now, she'll be adding another award show appearance to her 2017 resume with this performance at the 2017 Video Music Awards, which will air on Aug. 27.
This will be the first time that Lorde has performed at the MTV ceremony, though it's certainly not the first time she's ever been present. In 2014, she shocked the world by becoming the first female artist to win Best Rock Video. "This is super crazy," she said at the time. "And I'm super grateful." But while she has performed at the Billboard Music Awards, the Grammys, and the American Music Awards, the Video Music Awards have yet to be blessed with one of Lorde's unique performances.
In their press release, MTV announced that Lorde is joining a list of other A-List artists like Miley Cyrus, Ed Sheeran, Fifth Harmony, Shawn Mendes, and the Weeknd. Thirty Seconds to Mars will also be performing, which is an interesting choice among all of these other names. More names will be rolled out as the countdown to the ceremony begins in earnest.
This performance is a huge accomplishment for Lorde in what has already been a big year. And with the summer only now wrapping up and Lorde showing no signs of slowing down, it's clear that 2017 is easily going to be her biggest yet.