The Grammy Awards finally meet Lorde, who has four nominations for her single, Royals and her album, Pure Heroine. At the tender age of 17, the New Zealand singer-songwriter is quickly making a name for herself.
The Grammys are all about “music’s biggest night” and Lorde is at top of the list. Born Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor, this indie phenomenon became the youngest artist in 26 years to hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 since Tiffany.
With her harmony-mashing single, Royals, she gained a half-million plays on radio stations nationwide. Among her fans are Katy Perry and David Bowie, who told the singer that hearing her music is like “listening to tomorrow.”
Her musical influences include artists such as David Bowie, David Bryne of Talking Heads, Arcade Fire and Kanye West. One album that was an early influence for her was hip-hop artist, Kanye West’s Late Registration. While she appreciates several artists’ careers, she likes the “common specter amongst them.” Each of the well-regarded artists had a good sense of who they were and where they wanted to go.
This newest sensation said that she never envisioned herself as a “Top 40 princess.” Her insta-fame has brought her Grammy Award nominations for pop solo artist of the year, best pop vocal album, song of the year and record of the year. Whether she realizes it or not, at the Grammy Awards, the audience will be abuzz about Lorde. In the face of all the publicity, the singer does not obsess about the fame as other young singer-songwriters might. She cares more about the artistry, and perhaps her stage name, Lorde that came from her fascination with aristocracy. Tonight the Grammy Awards will finally get to know this New Zealander, Lorde.
With her no-fuss mane of dark curls, Lorde’s style is fresh compared to her contemporaries such as Miley Cyrus or The Veronicas. The frontrunner’s songs remark on bling and all the trappings of fame and fortune. Even though Lorde’s songs may criticize opulence and wealth, her life has changed so she can enjoy the finer things in life.
While she may have been “driving Cadillac’s in her dreams,” when her first single, Royals hit the airwaves, she received backlash for her so-called racist lines. The Royal lyrics voice that “every song” today is about “gold teeth and luxury cars.” A feminist blogger, Veronica Bayetti Flores took offense to the words. She wrote a powerful post calling out Lorde and her song as “deeply racist.” The post made headlines across the internet. Flores wanted to know why the Grammy Award nominee, Lorde chose to take a dirty jab at rappers and not find fault with the wealthy, white collars living in Central Park East.
Fired-up fans took to the internet claiming that Flores was the one exhibiting “arrogance and ignorance” by inferring that the lyrics referred to “American race relations” and not another part of the world. Lorde never publicly commented on the controversy.
As tonight approaches, and the Grammy Awards are getting closer to finally meeting Lorde, she does not want to get her hopes up. The songster is ready for the big night, and told Hollywood Reporter that Grammy night sounds like “prom on ‘roids or something.” She still does not own tigers on gold leashes but maybe she will be dressed like a Queen Bee when the time comes to finally meet her first Grammy Award.
by Dawn Levesque