But no one expected this.
Her routine included foot stomps, collapsing on the ground, slow motion boxing moves, being carried in the air by back-up dancers dressed in black, and shoulder shrugs.
Lorde released the music video for the second single Perfect Places earlier this month.
Lorde's performance copped a heap of flack on social media with many fans taking to Twtter wondering why the singer mimed her entire performance.
Instead of singing live, as is customary at awards shows, she opted to dance around to the track while her backing song played, and did so with the kind of jubilance that is an utter joy to watch.
Pink on the other hand had everyone in awe as she belted our a stream of her iconic songs.
I'm sure we'll have plenty more Lorde performances at awards shows to come, so we can just look forward to those for now.
British veteran rocker Rod Stewart will also perform his 1978 hit Do You Think I'm Sexy with United States dance-rock band DNCE while other performers include Fifth Harmony, Lamar, Cyrus, Sheeran and Demi Lovato.
Today's MTV VMAs are being held in Inglewood and are hosted by Katy Perry.