Lorde's Grammy dancing has everyone talking

Last updated 14:57 27/01/2014

Lorde performing Royals at the Grammy's.

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Lorde and Joel Little accept the Song of the Year award for Royals.

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Lorde has set the internet ablaze with her performance at the Grammy Awards - not just with her singing, but also with her dancing.

After Beyonce and Jay Z opened the 56th Grammy Awards with a sexually overt performance, Lorde took to the stage with a stripped down version of her hit song Royals.

The teenager's performance was widely praised on social media, with some commenting she was better than Beyonce.

Lorde's performance was followed by Katy Perry singing Dark Horse, which started inside a crystal ball and ended with her standing in front of a fire.

Perry's performance had Twitter users comparing her to Harry Potter character Bellatrix Lestrange, Disney villains, and wondering whether Tim Burton produced the night's awards.

Lorde is nominated for song of the year, record of the year, best pop solo performance, and best pop vocal album.







Others took note of Lorde’s unconventional dance moves, best summed up as “twitchy”.





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2009: 12-year-old Ella Yelich-O'Connor wins her intermediate school talent show which leads to a development deal with Universal Music Group. She was signed at age 13

November, 2012: Yelich-O'Connor and her manager Scott Maclachlan launch Lorde online via social media. Her first EP, The Love Club, (co-written with Auckland-based Joel Little) is free to download from SoundCloud

March, 2013: The Love Club EP is available for digital sale. Royals debuts at number one on the New Zealand Top 40

June, 2013: Lorde's second single, Tennis Court, is released and also debuts at number 1 on the New Zealand Top 40 singles chart

July, 2013: Lorde is called as a last minute to be a replacement for Frank Ocean at Australia's Splendour in the Grass Festival

August 2013: Royals reaches number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, making Lorde the first woman to win in 17 years

September, 2013: Lorde's first album, Pure Heroine, is released. She made the announcement on Facebook:

"hey you. the album is here at last! what! i couldn't be more proud of this thing we made, in joel's little studio in morningside, eating the same things for lunch every day, catching the same train home, waiting for things to happen. and now they are. i feel so lucky to have everyone's support and kindness; it truly keeps me seeing things rose tinted. but anyway. pure heroine. would love for you to hear it. xx"

October, 2013: Royals tops the Billboard Hot 100 (nine weeks at number one) making her the only New Zealand solo artist to do so

Lorde jointly wins the 2013 Silver Scroll award for Royals for outstanding songwriting in original New Zealand pop music.

December, 2013: Lorde is nominated for four Grammy awards: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, and Best Pop Vocal Album

January, 2014: Lorde is the covergirl for the Rolling Stone magazine, asserting her stardom in the music industry just in time for the Grammys

- Fairfax Media


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