Lorde’s MTV VMA Win for Best Rock Video Questioned [VIDEO]

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By Anne Lu | August 26, 2014 12:56 PM EST

When Lorde won Best Rock Video for “Royals” at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night, her BFF Taylor Swift was beside herself with joy. Not everyone is rejoicing with the 17-year-old Kiwi, though.

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Lorde performs during the MuchMusic Video Awards (MMVA) in Toronto, June 15, 2014. REUTERS/Fred Thornhill

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Lorde has just made history as the first female solo artist to win the category at the VMAs. It’s a feat worth celebrating, but some people question how she got the moonman.

Twitter is abound of VMA viewers who thought Lorde shouldn’t have won the award. It’s not because “Royals” isn’t popular enough to garner enough winning votes (it is), but because it shouldn’t even have been nominated.

According to the detractors, the chart-topper isn’t a rock song, so it had no business being put in the same category as Arctic Monkeys’ “Do I Wanna Know?”, The Black Keys’ “Fever,” Imagine Dragons’ “Demons” and Linkin Park’s “Until It’s Gone.”

It’s not only the category that’s bothering social media about Lorde’s win, though. It seems being famous makes her a fair game to critics. Her acceptance speech was not only ridiculed, it was panned as well.

“This is really crazy and I’m super grateful. I want to thank my video director Joel Kefali and my friends who were in the video and, oh s---, people who voted. Sorry for swearing! Thank you so much,” Lorde said in her acceptance speech.

Yes, she cussed, but that’s not why people raised their eyebrows. When Lorde was delivering her short but sweet message, she was facing the wrong camera.

“Is there like a specific place I’m supposed to be looking?” the confused star said.

Lorde’s “Royals” was also nominated for Best Female Video, but lost to Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse.”

Watch Lorde accepting her moonman:

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Lorde performs during the MuchMusic Video Awards (MMVA) in Toronto, June 15, 2014. REUTERS/Fred Thornhill
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