Lorde's Grammy dancing has everyone talking

20:28, Jan 27 2014
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Beyonce opens The 2014 Grammys with "Drunk In Love".
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Lorde performs Royals.
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Beyonce and Jay-Z open the 2014 Grammys.
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Beyonce and Jay-Z open the 2014 Grammys.
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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis win the award for Best New Artist.
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New Zealand's own Lorde performs Royals at the 2014 Grammys.
Grammys 2014
New Zealand's own Lorde performs Royals at the 2014 Grammys.
Grammys 2014
New Zealand's own Lorde performs Royals at the 2014 Grammys.
Grammys 2014
New Zealand's own Lorde performs Royals at the 2014 Grammys.
Grammys 2014
New Zealand's own Lorde performs Royals at the 2014 Grammys.
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New Zealand's own Lorde performs Royals at the 2014 Grammys.
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Katy Perry performs Dark Horse at the 2014 Grammys.
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Katy Perry performs Dark Horse at the 2014 Grammys.
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Producer Pharrell Williams bows to Daft Punk and Niles Rogers after winning the award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
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Keith Urban performs Cop Car at the 2014 Grammys.
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Robin Thicke and Chicago perform a medley at the 2014 Grammys.
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Taylor Swift performs All Too Well at the 2014 Grammys.
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Dave Grohl and Paul McCartney accept the award for Best Rock Song for Cut Me Some Slack.
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Lorde accepts the award for Best Pop Solo Performance for Royals.
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Lorde accepts the award for Best Pop Solo Performance for Royals.
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Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons perform Radioactive.
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Jay-Z accepts the award for Best Rap/Sung collaboration for Holy Grail.
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Pink performs Just Give Me A Reason with Nate Ruess, from the band fun.
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Ringo Starr performs Photograph.
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Kacey Musgraves performs Follow Your Arrow.
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Lorde accepts the award for Best Pop Solo Performance for Royals.
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Bruno Mars accepts the award for Best Pop Vocal Album for Unorthodox Jukebox.
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Lorde and Joel Little accept the Song of the Year award for Royals.
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Lorde and Joel Little accept the Song of the Year award for Royals.
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Mary Lambert and Madonna perform Same Love.
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Musician Cyndi Lauper poses backstage with her award for best musical theater album for Kinky Boots.
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Daft Punk accepts the award for Record of the year for Get Lucky.

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.

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Lorde performs Royals.
Grammys 2014
New Zealand's own Lorde performs Royals at the 2014 Grammys.
Grammys 2014
New Zealand's own Lorde performs Royals at the 2014 Grammys.
Grammys 2014
New Zealand's own Lorde performs Royals at the 2014 Grammys.
Grammys 2014
New Zealand's own Lorde performs Royals at the 2014 Grammys.
Grammys 2014
New Zealand's own Lorde performs Royals at the 2014 Grammys.
Grammys 2014
New Zealand's own Lorde performs Royals at the 2014 Grammys.
Grammys 2014
New Zealand's own Lorde performs Royals at the 2014 Grammys.
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Lorde accepts the award for Best Pop Solo Performance for Royals.
Grammys 2014
Lorde accepts the award for Best Pop Solo Performance for Royals.
Grammys 2014
Lorde accepts the award for Best Pop Solo Performance for Royals.
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Lorde and Joel Little accept the Song of the Year award for Royals.
Grammys 2014
Lorde and Joel Little accept the Song of the Year award for Royals.

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.

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lorde's grammy performance: what a stunner. http://t.co/tfSORAHnKm

 

 

Beyonce & Jay-Z walking back to their seats and they hear Lorde singing "you can call me queen B!" pic.twitter.com/64ASvWfa3M

 

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

 

 

Lorde doesn't conform, she lets her fingers do the twerking. LIKE A FREAKING TIGER! #Grammys

 

You can hate all you want but Lorde is 17, Grammy nominated and just performed in front of millions so go eat a sandwich.

 

 

She co-wrote that killer song she just sang. And she's 17. Here's hoping it's a big night for #Lorde. Real deal. #GRAMMYs

 

 

LORDE TIMELINE:

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

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