Grammy Awards Finally Meet Lorde

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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.

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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





One Response to "Grammy Awards Finally Meet Lorde"

  1. well-duh   February 24, 2014 at 12:50 am

    There is plenty of room to critique Lorde as a performer and her songs. Not everyone is going to like them. And there certain are flaws to be found. But racism charges seem a bit contrived or hypocritical.

    Valid music criticism is normally based on entertainment value or perhaps technical performance. Its unrealistic to ask for popular music to be rated instead on its political significance to the artist. Especially when activists normally say we should take each artist lyrical message as a personal statement rather than a stereotypical statement representing all blacks or whatever the artists race.

    It is possible for popular musical genre to become stagnant to people who aren’t OCD on that genre. Country music is commonly recognized as dominated by the themes of cheating/divorce, drinking until you can’t remember last night and dead/runaway dogs. Most Country singers will admit its true. Some do get irritated if the accusation is personal – but then a lot of performers don’t keep close track of anything but what sells today (i.e they may not be conscious of the truth about their popular songs). I imagine rap artists are somewhat similar.

    Of course its also true that the listener could probably escape that particular genre of repetitious music by changing friends, favorite haunts or perhaps geographic region. But most people think that is too troublesome & just want a change of lyric topics or music. And wherever you go they probably have their own brand/genre of overused lyrics.

    The racism complaint seems to come from Lordes being so impolite as to say that she didn’t love all black music products or excessive repetition of specific topics and terms –ones which black activist culture has enshrined as signs of black success (note: black activists hardly represent all blacks and they even conflict in what they promote within activism). Frankly that sounds like racially protectionism similar to the old “white only clubs and water fountains” and “don’t criticize the white boss man” of the early 20th century. So who is really racist here?

    Guideline: If you can’t accept criticism of members of your race those from outside your race — then you are a racist yourself. Having personal reasons for choosing specific lyrics or performance style is a given for every artist, not just black rappers. Outside the political activist community no one expects such personal reasons to convey immunity to criticism from listeners as…unless you handpick your listeners.

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