Royal welcome for Kiwi singing sensation

Riding high on a wave of success teen singing sensation Lorde received a New Zealand homecoming fit for a queen.

Lorde - real named Ella Yelich-O'Connor - flew back to her hometown of Auckland after wowing viewers around the world with a stellar performance of her global smash hit Royals at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

The 17-year-old became the name on everyone’s lips after landing two of the four Grammys she was nominated for, winning ‘Song of the Year’ with co-writer Joel Little, and ‘Best Solo Performance’ for Royals.

Loyal New Zealand fans

After the awards ceremony Lorde took to the internet to thank her loyal New Zealand fans, many of whom crowded around their televisions watching with baited breath as her name was read out.

"I just wanted to say thank you for the time you’ve given me these past 14 months. Finding out about me online or in between these pages or in your headphones.

"Without your support, there’s no way I would ever have gotten to stand in the middle of the Staples Centre and perform in my school shoes……."

Lorde’s whirlwind trip to Los Angles came to a quick end as she flew back to New Zealand to perform a highly-anticipated, sold-out concert at Silo Park - Auckland’s premier urban waterfront space.

The singer expressed her delight at being back in her hometown, telling the crowd "Auckland, it is so good to see you!" She then went on to sing various tracks from her debut album Pure Heroine as the sun went down on what had been a beautiful day in the region, known as the City of Sails.

Background Lorde:

Hailing from the historical suburban village of Devonport on Auckland’s North Shore, Ella Yelich-O’Connor has enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame. From performing with friends on stage at Takapuna Grammar School to hitting the No.1 spot on charts around the world with her debut single Royals.

In 2013 Lorde was named Woman of the Year by MTV’s college channel MTVU. She was also named one of Time magazine’s Most Influential Teenagers of the Year in a list that also included Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko, and hailed as an Emerging Dominant Player in the music world by The Washington Post.

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