She’s been embraced by Hollywood and the fashion elite, but Lorde hasn’t forgotten where it all started.
The singer, real name Ella Yellich-O’Connor, graciously thanked her home country for their support as she picked up not one but six Tuis at the New Zealand Music Awards in Auckland on Thursday night.
‘It’s crazy to think that it’s a year since I was right there, stressed out,’ she told the crowd at the awards ceremony that celebrates the local music industry.
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Killing it: Lorde picked up SIX Tuis at the New Zealand Music Awards in Auckland on Thursday night
Last year, the Royals singer picked up four awards but this year she scooped six, winning highest selling single, best pop album, best female solo artist, international achievement, single of the year and album of the year.
She’d jetted back from Hong Kong especially for the star-studded occasion, and was up and down the stairs multiple times during the night dressed in a white suit and red cropped bandeau top to accept her Tuis, eventually conceding she had nothing more to say.
‘In my house the Tuis go in the kitchen, which may not sound that impressive but in my house the kitchen is the really important place to be,’ she said while receiving the award for highest selling single.
‘You have moved mountains for me, you have changed my life’: The 18-year-old singer, real name Ella Yellich-O’Connor, thanked her home country for their support
Say cheese! The Royals singer took selfies with fans as she arrived at the annual awards ceremony
Later, when she received the award for best female solo artist, she said New Zealand was the best country in the world to be a female making music.
The 18-year-old singer brought her younger brother and sister up on the stage when she won single of the year.
‘I’ve really run out of things to say now, it’s getting to that point,’ she admitted.
‘You have moved mountains for me, you have changed my life.’
High-flyer: The popular artist has been jetting around the world recently, attending a press conference for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 in London and the Pradasphere Exhibition Opening Ceremony in Hong Kong
Lorde’s world-wide fame has helped her score an incredible new gig – curating the soundtrack for one of the year’s biggest blockbusters – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.
She also recorded the theme song for the film, Yellow Flicker Beat, and two other tracks.
Her affiliation with the film has seen her walk red carpets to promote the movie, and even form a friendship with megastar Jennifer Lawrence.
When a fan asked during a Twitter Q&A session with the singer what it was like meeting Lawrence, Lorde replied that she was ‘cute’ and that both girls ‘double fangirled’.
BFFs: Since curating the Mockingjay soundtrack and writing songs for it, Lorde has befriended the film’s stars, including Hollywood actress Jennifer Lawrence
‘Haha she was so cute, very excited that i was there! she kept running over between takes to chat/we double fangirled. i luv jen’ she wrote.
Lawrence, 24, confirmed in a recent interview with BBC Radio that she was overexcited to meet the Royals singer saying ‘It was a huge deal.’
The two female performers recently attended the film’s premiere together in London.