Lorde takes home two Billboard Awards

Last updated 15:53 19/05/2014

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She made an ironic sign of the horns gesture as she accepted the award. 

Kiwi singer Lorde has taken out two categories at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards.

The 17-year-old, real name Ella Yelich-O'Connor, was named top new artist, ahead of Ariana Grande, Passenger, Bastille and Capital Cities.

Lorde read her acceptance speech from her cellphone.

"I really don't want to screw it up," she said.

"This whole thing started for me with a song that was written when I was 15, which I know everyone knows, but what I want to say is I'm 17-1/2 now and I'm so thankful ... to have had the opportunity to grow and learn as a new artist in the spotlight at this time.

"I'm thankful for the dialogue around my work and myself."

She also took out the award for top rock song for Royals, beating songs from Imagine Dragons, Passenger and Capital Cities.

The singer was slightly confused about the "rock" label for the song that won Best Pop Solo Performance at the Grammys earlier this year.

She made an ironic sign of the horns gesture as she accepted the award.

And her co-writer Joel Little tweeted:

Throughout the show Lorde created a stir with her outfit choice, dressed in a feathered black ensemble with her trademark dark lipstick.

She was dubbed one of the "worst dressed" of the night by Hollywood Life.

Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton described the look as a "gothic bird".

"Lorde looked like a character that just danced out of The Black Swan," he blogged.

The teen gave a debut television performance of her latest single, Tennis Court, again dressed in black, and sporting a wide-brimmed hat.

The performance drew harsh criticism on Twitter, many describing her look and signature claw-like dance moves as "witchy" and "weird".

Lorde was nominated for a total of 12 awards at today's awards in Las Vegas, entering the awards as a top contender along with rockers Imagine Dragons.

Three of the awards Lorde was nominated for - hot 100 song,  digital song and radio song - went to Robin Thicke for his hit  Blurred Lines, while Imagine Dragons beat her to four awards - hot  100 artist, rock album, rock artist and streaming song (audio).

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Katy Perry beat her to top female artist and top digital songs  artist, while Justin Timberlake headed her to win top radio songs  artist.

Find the complete list of winners here.

- Stuff

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