Hit song Royals has won the 2013 Apra Silver Scroll award for New Zealand singing sensation Lorde.
Lorde, 16-year-old North Shore singer Ella Yelich-O'Connor, and Joel Little, accepted the award from previous Silver Scroll winner Bic Runga.
"Ella and Joel have created a song that has quite rightfully taken the world by storm. It is testament to the quality of song that it should gain such widespread support, but also be chosen as the best song of the past year by their songwriter peers," said Anthony Healy, director of NZ operations, Apra.
The award was yet another feather in the cap for Lorde, who made music history when Royals hit the top of the United States' Billboard Hot 100.
The song has been noted for its irreverent critique of celebrity consumerism, as well as for its young singer's smooth vocals, and has made her the first Kiwi solo artist to have a No 1 in the US.
The single blitzed NZ and iTunes charts before climbing to Billboard's No 1 spot, where it reigns over tunes from seasoned pop princesses Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry.
The other finalists were:
Bird in Hand, written by Anna Coddington, performed by Anna Coddington.
Complicated Man, written by Cy Winstanley, performed by Tattletale Saints.
Thames Soup, written by Luke Buda, Sam Scott, Thomas Callwood, Richie Singleton, Chris O'Connor, Conrad Wedde and William Ricketts, performed by The Phoenix Foundation.
Wake Up, written by Aaradhna Patel, Evan Short and Peter Wadams, performed by Aaradhna
The winner of the Apra Maioha award, recognising excellent in contemporary Maori music was Ruaimoko, performed by Maisey Rika and featuring Anika Moa. It was written by Rika, Moa, Te Kahauta Maxwell and Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper.
The winner of the Sounz Contemporary award was was Lightbox, composed by Karlo Margetic.
Dave Dobbyn was inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.
Something in the Water', written by Brooke Fraser and Scott Ligertwood and sung by Fraser, won the dual awards for the most performed NZ work in both this country and overseas
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