Our Lorde mistaken for an Australian

ELISE SCOTT
Last updated 05:49 07/12/2013

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Australia's - oh I mean New Zealand's - teenage singer-songwriter Lorde is preparing to take the stage at the Grammy nomination show, amid speculation she might also star among the nominees.

Announcing Lorde as a performer for Friday night's show (American time) the official Grammy Awards website made a blunder that will make the blood of her loyal Kiwi fans boil.

"Australian singer/songwriter Lorde will perform," a release about the nomination show on the Grammy website says.

Taking the stage alongside chart-toppers Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Robin Thicke may prompt Lorde to overlook a slip of the keyboard - although her fans might be a little less forgiving.

The 17-year-old will perform on live US television as part of the Los Angeles nominations show, when The Recording Academy will unveil next year's nominees.

Her hit song Royals sat on top of the US Billboard charts for nine weeks, being knocked from No.1 this week by Miley Cyrus' Wrecking Ball.

US media have labelled Lorde one-to-watch, predicting multiple nominations.

"The 17-year-old from New Zealand stood in stark opposition to the swag-flavoured atmosphere of this year's singles market, offering up Royals," The Associated Press reports, getting her nationality right.

"The song (Royals) is a catchy refutation of popular culture that became something of an anthem for the dispossessed. Grammy voters love precocious teens and smart pop songs."

Other performers in Los Angeles on Friday night include New Zealand-born Aussie Keith Urban, and hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

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