Pop singer Lorde has responded to a perceived snub at this year's Grammy awards by taking out a full-page newspaper advertisement to print a letter thanking fans in her native New Zealand for their support.
The 21-year-old was the only female artist nominated for Album of the Year, and the only nominee in the category who was not invited to give a solo performance at Monday's award ceremony in New York.
The handwritten letter was printed in The New Zealand Herald, the country's largest newspaper. In full, it reads:
OH, HI THERE! I'm writing this from New York City. Angela & I sat in Madison Square Garden last night & saw a lot of crazy & wonderful things. I just wanted to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for loving & embracing Melodrama the way you did. My nomination belongs to you. Thank you, also, for believing in female musicians. You set a wonderful precedent! All my love, Lorde
The singer's comments follow widespread criticism of the awards for a lack of female representation, with many on social media responding to the controversy with the hashtag #GrammysSoMale.
Canadian singer Alessia Cara and Columbian singer Shakira were the only female artists to win solo awards on Monday night, while a study published this month showed that only 9.3 per cent of Grammy nominees since 2013 have been women.
Lorde is not the only female artist to have picked up a pen in response to the controversy. After Grammys president Neil Portnow released a statement saying women need to "step up" in order to be recognised, pop singer Pink tweeted a handwritten response. "Women in music don't need to 'step up' – women have been stepping up since the beginning of time," she wrote.