Lorde performs onstage during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California.
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By Mahita Gajanan
August 28, 2017

Lorde’s performance at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards became an immediate meme. Instead of singing “Homemade Dynamite,” the singer, who tweeted earlier in the evening that she had the flu, opted to choreograph an interpretive dance — and the internet went wild in confusion.

A lot of people compared her to Napoleon Dynamite.

Some saw a little of the OA in her.

Others continued to love and appreciate Lorde’s artistry.

Write to Mahita Gajanan at mahita.gajanan@time.com.

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