Lorde Dragged Kanye West On Instagram For “Stealing” Her Set Design

Kanye West and Kid Cudi’s “Kids See Ghosts” tour made its debut in LA over the weekend.

And one of the main talking points of the show was the suspended glass box in which the pair performed several songs.

However, it didn’t take long before Lorde fans noted the similarity between Kanye and Cudi’s staging and the floating box she had during her Melodrama tour last year.

Lorde worked with the designer Es Devlin — who has a 13 year working history with Kanye — to achieve her staging. At the time, she said that the suspended tank felt “interesting” and “new” at a time when it’s hard to be original.


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Speaking to Spinoff, Lorde said: “I built the show with Es Devlin, who I have admired for a really long time. And from the jump, we were just wanting to head towards something that we felt like we hadn’t seen. It’s hard to come up with stuff that feels new, and with the tank it felt weird and interesting and quite specific to me.”

And now Lorde has commented on the similarities between the staging, accusing Kanye and Cudi of “stealing” her design.

Taking to Instagram, Lorde shared a series of photos comparing the two stages, starting with a photo from her tour earlier this year followed by a shot from Kanye and Cudi’s show at the weekend.

She went on to share two more photos comparing her design on the left with Kanye’s on the right.

And, in her final upload Lorde wrote: “Don’t steal — not from women or anyone else.”


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The full caption read: “I’m proud of the work I do and it’s flattering when other artists feel inspired by it, to the extent that they choose to try it on themselves. But don’t steal — not from women or anyone else — not in 2018 or ever.”

Many people praised Lorde for speaking out.

However, others pointed out that Kanye’s last solo tour — which began before Lorde’s — also had unusual staging, with him performing on a suspended platform.

@lorde sorry girl but Kanye’s using suspended platforms before you (ok it’s not a cage , but his ideia came before yours! @kanyewest https://t.co/lcdW9DSm9A

09:50 AM – 13 Nov 2018

And others said the original idea likely came from her set designer, and that singers including Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar have all incorporated glass boxes into their staging over the years.

is lorde okay??? i luv her, but the glass box ain’t her own idea, it’s her set designer’s idea.

besides, gaga and bieber already did the glass box thing back in 2009 & 2016.

imagine all the things u could hate kanye on, and u choose this fkdjdj

10:13 AM – 13 Nov 2018

@LIZORDE neither of them actually created their sets and the designer was the same guy. lorde’s just doing what kanye is. a troll.

10:02 AM – 13 Nov 2018

Spokespeople for Kanye West, Lorde and Es Devlin have been contacted for comment.

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