Lorde in her domain

MARIKA HILL
Last updated 09:00 29/01/2014
Fairfax NZ

Lorde arrives in New Zealand to cheers from fans and questions from the media after her Grammy Awards triumph.

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Double Grammy winner Lorde performs in Auckland after arriving back from LA.
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Lorde might be international pop royalty, but she found the New Zealand Music Awards more nerve-racking than the Grammys.

The Auckland teenager arrived back in Auckland this morning after a weekend of winning two Grammys, performing at the ceremony and partying with glamorous celebrities, from Beyonce to Taylor Swift.

However, she said the feeling of winning her New Zealand awards was more intense than the Grammys.

"I feel like I was more freaking when I won my New Zealand awards to be honest," the 17-year-old said.

"It's super cool but it becomes a normal thing once you're amongst it."

Lorde, real name is Ella Yelich-O'Connor, took home four awards from the NZ Music Awards in November.

Her two Grammys, for song of the year and have bumped up her Twitter followers by 200,000 but she still made time for her Kiwi fans.

Lorde greeted waiting fans at Auckland Airport  and was happy to get photos with the devoted crowd.

Kate Corrigan was among those who got a photo with Lorde in the arrivals hall.

"I love her, I think she is amazing."

She said Lorde was lovely and she appreciated the star took the time to meet fans.

Cara Gibson, 15, also waited for her favourite singer at the airport.

She said Lorde's international success has been incredible.

"It's so good that someone from such a small country can make it over there."

Lorde greeted waiting fans at Auckland Airport and best pop solo performance, was happy to get photos with the devoted crowd.

Lorde's manager Scott Maclachlan, said he and Lorde were both in disbelief when Royals was named best pop solo performance at the Grammys.

He was happy to return to New Zealand though.

"This is the highlight for all of us, being back in New Zealand," he said.

"It was great being in LA but coming back to this and the wellwishes - I'm really chuffed and I know she (Lorde) is."

Direct from performing at the Grammy Awards, Lorde will tonight please Auckland fans with her only New Zealand show this summer.

Lorde is performing at Auckland's Silo Park for the St Jeromes Laneways Festival.

Her two Grammys boosted ticket sales for the performance.

A spokeswoman for Laneways Festival said there was a surge in ticket sales as the Grammy Awards played out on Monday (NZ time).

Laneway was expecting more strong sales yesterday, but it is not known whether the concert would be a sellout.

Lorde scheduled a new stand-alone Auckland concert after having to cancel her performance at Laneway Festival so she could attend the Grammys.

Doors open at 6.30pm for the all-ages concert.

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