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.
lorde's grammy performance: what a stunner. http://t.co/tfSORAHnKm
— David Farrier (@davidfarrier) January 27, 2014
Beyonce & Jay-Z walking back to their seats and they hear Lorde singing "you can call me queen B!" pic.twitter.com/64ASvWfa3M
— Dude (@Shegstein) January 27, 2014
Others took note of Lorde’s unconventional dance moves, best summed up as “twitchy”.
Lorde has really nailed the whole "cat outside in the rain" dance thing https://t.co/Y2ClfcT5nY
— Ryan Broderick (@ryanpbroderick) January 27, 2014
Lorde doesn't conform, she lets her fingers do the twerking. LIKE A FREAKING TIGER! #Grammys
— Em Rusciano (@EmRusciano) January 27, 2014
You can hate all you want but Lorde is 17, Grammy nominated and just performed in front of millions so go eat a sandwich.
— Lorde Updates (@LordeUpdates) January 27, 2014
— jian ghomeshi (@jianghomeshi) January 27, 2014
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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