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Monday, January 27, 2014

Lorde Wins two Grammys: For Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year!

Updated 6.58PM:  Scrub what we told you earlier!  Lorde has just scooped two awards at this year's Grammy awards! 

At only 17 years it's an amazing feat and a dream come true for many musicians.  The Auckland School girl won Song of the Year for Royals at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday night and the award for Best Solo Pop Performance.  Ironically Royals challenges the Pop stereotype but this is no cat calling the kettle a  Candy Coloured Pop icon.  In fact from what we've seen so far Ella actually was the perfect understated Kiwi just humble, a little shy, down to earth and laid back.  In other words she was herself and that is amazing, in itself.  But what's really amazing is the journey from a backroom studio to releasing a song for free online to winning a Grammy (There's a great article in Rolling Stone below, that ells you more).  In short: incredible.  Many Kiwis will take pride in her win because she too is a Kiwi - but remember, she did this by herself. So much Aroha and respect Ella - You deserve it!

Ella, unfortunately missed out on Best Pop Vocal Album award for Heroine, which was apparently what she was hoping for.  That went to Bruno Mars for Unorthodox Jukebox.  She also missed on er other nomination Record of the Year Award, which went to Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams for their song Get Lucky. They got Ella's award (Best Album with Random Access Memories)

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis scooped Best New Artist and Best Rap Album. They performed their song, Same Love, as 34 same-sex and heterosexual couples got married on stage.  Wow - now that's sticking it to white, bible-bashing America - I have new respect!

The two remaining Beatles, Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, made a rare joint appearance which coincides with their 50th anniversary of the Beatles breakthrough on American television.

Check out the links here : accepting for Song of the Year and here: earlier video footage - accepting Grammy for Pop Solo

Rolling Stone Magazine :
How Lorde Broke All the Rules: The story behind the rise of pop's most unlikely new superstar

Read more:

From Earlier today -

Lorde wins Grammy for Best Pop Solo  Performance

17-year-old, whose real name is Ella Yelich-O'Connor, has taken the music world by storm and her single Royals became a No 1 hit around the world last year.

She beat nominees Brave by Sara Bareilles; "When I Was Your Man by Bruno Mars"; Katy Perry's "Roar"; and "Mirrors" by Justin Timberlake on Sunday night (local time).

She's quoted as saying "This is the one thing that I did not expect the most about tonight - so, thank you so much. I think mostly to Bruno, to Sara, to Katy, to Justin - I have been so inspired by all of your vocal work at some point in my life, so thank you."

Amazing well done, Ella

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