29/01/2018 10:43 AM AEDT | Updated 29/01/2018 10:43 AM AEDT

Grammy's 2018: Lorde At Centre Gender Bias Row After Being Denied Solo Performance

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Lorde arrives to attend the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year show honoring Fleetwood Mac at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 26, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

NZ pop star Lorde finds herself at the centre of an ugly sexism row ahead of today's Grammy awards, after she was reportedly denied the chance to perform solo at the ceremony.

While the singer's fellow Album of the Year nominees – all male – were given the opportunity to perform their own songs at the show, the same offer wasn't extended to Lorde, Variety reports.

The singer was instead approached by the show's producers to take part in a group tribute to late rocker Tom Petty which she declined, the publication says.