With Lorde’s recent release of two new singles, “Liability” and “Green Light,” along with an upcoming album announcement, we can’t help but to get excited for what the New Zealand artist has in store for us in 2017.
From when “Royals” first broke out to her reputation for delivering smashing tribute performances, here are our top five favourite Lorde moments.
When “Royals” Dropped
Lorde was 16 when her debut single “Royals” took the music industry by storm. It’s been almost four years since that single topped international charts — it sat at the top of the BillBoard Hot 100 for nine consecutive weeks. At the time, Lorde also became the youngest artist to release a number one single since 1987.
Nirvana’s Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Induction
In 2014, Lorde took the stage with Kim Gordon and St. Vincent at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony during Nirvana’s induction. Following Joan Jett’s performance of “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Lorde delivered a killer performance of “All Apologies” with Nirvana’s remaining members.
Pure Heroine‘s Chart-Topping Release
Almost four months after “Royals” went viral, the New Zealand artist dropped her debut album, Pure Heroine, keeping up her game as a chart topper. The album hit the third spot in the Billboard 200 and remained within the top ten in multiple other countries. Pure Heroine got Lorde a Grammy nomination, and also gave us three more hit singles on top of “Royals” — “Team,” “Glory and Gore,” and “Tennis Court.”
Lorde’s Diplo Tweet
In 2014, Lorde gave Diplo her two cents via Twitter, after the DJ and producer recommended that a Kickstarter campaign be started “to get Taylor Swift a booty.” See Lorde’s uh… sizable response below.
Someone should make a kickstarter to get taylor swift a booty
— Dip (@diplo) November 12, 2014
@diplo should we do something about your tiny penis while we're at it hm
— Lorde (@lorde) November 13, 2014
David Bowie Tribute at The 2016 BRIT Awards
Just over a month after the world lost David Bowie on January 10, 2016, Lorde took to the stage with Bowie’s band to perform a tribute to the late artist during the 2016 BRIT Awards. After the band opened with a montage of Bowie’s hits, Lorde stepped on stage to sing “Life on Mars.” Gary Oldman explained that the band chose Lorde to sing the tribute because Bowie once referred to her as “the future of music.”
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