New Zealand’s Lorde arrived on the scene in 2013 so self aware and fully formed as an artist that it shocked most first-time listeners to learn that the dramatic, goth-looking singer was just 16 years old. Born Ella Yelich-O’Connor in 1996 to a poet and civil engineer, she was 5 when she first realized that she loved performing. After winning a school talent show, she signed a development deal at age 13. Her first EP, ‘The Love Club,’ featured the song that would break her worldwide, deliver her first U.S. No. 1 and win two Grammys: ‘Royals.’ The tune would be added to her debut album, the critically acclaimed ‘Pure Heroine.’ The album also was an overwhelming commercial success, hitting No. 1 in several countries and peaking at No. 3 in the United States.
While we're sure it was tough for 'X Factor' contestant Joe Irvine to be called unoriginal and disgusting for wearing a suit and slicking his hair back, getting a box of cupcakes and a hand-written note from indie songstress Lorde might ease the blow just a little.
In her interview with the Telegraph, it looks like things haven't changed much for Lorde -- other than the acquisition of new bestie Taylor Swift and a few Grammys, of course. Still, check out the five things we learned about Lorde below!
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