Lorde found a creative way to honour Kanye West while performing in his hometown of Chicago. At the Allstate Arena on March 27, the 21-year-old singer performed an a cappella cover of West's "Love Lockdown" off of his 2008 album 808s & Heartbreak. According to a music reporter at the concert, Lorde also said, "Thanks, Chicago! It must be nice to come from the same place as Kanye West."
The cover is beginning to garner attention for several reasons. For starters, it created a special and truly unique moment for her fans in attendance. Beyond that, however, many have begun speculating whether the cover in any way indicates a rift in her friendship with Taylor Swift, given Swift's enduring feud with West.
In addition to covering "Love Lockdown," Lorde has also been weaving lyrics from West's "Runaway" into her live performances of "Liability" off her latest album Melodrama. Instead of reading too much into it, however, we should simply enjoy the unexpected cover because this all can — and likely does — mean nothing.