Lorde, born and raised on Auckland’s North Shore, possesses a singular ability to capture the majesty and mundanity of teenage life in striking melodic snapshots that belie her age and experience. Her first album, The Love Club EP, launched with no marketing or publicity and still shot to #1 on the New Zealand Album Chart. Her debut album, Pure Heroine, was released in September to critical acclaim, with “Royals” skyrocketing to the top spot in the singles chart. Rejecting the trite banalities that are usually presumed to represent a 17-year-old’s outlook, Lorde’s music manages to capture the very essence of the frustration and freedom, the curiosity and confidence, and the plain old wonder of teenage life in a truly unique way.
The Grammys will be a first-time experience for 17-year-old Lorde, who is up for four awards, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "Royals."