Lorde Read Her Acceptance Speech From Her Phone After Winning Big At The Billboard Awards

Long gone are the days of an awards winner holding up a crumpled napkin with notes on...


by Sophie Wilkinson |
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Lorde, the 17-year-old singer-songwriter who we’ve all gone a bit nuts for over the past six months, has now got two of her very own Billboard awards to add to her collection of accolades (along with David Bowie telling her that her music sounds like ‘the future’, no big deal).

And, in true Lorde fashion, she kept it real and millennial (milleni-real?) and instead of trembling as she clutched a piece of paper, she read from her phone’s notes when accepting the award.

She explained to the audience what she was doing, just in case they thought she was on Snapchat or something: ‘I really don’t want to screw it up. This whole thing started for me with a song that was written when I was 15, which I know everyone knows, but what I want to say is I’m 17-and-a-half now and I’m so thankful... to have had the opportunity to grow and learn as a new artist in the spotlight at this time. I’m thankful for the dialogue around my work and myself.’

As much as she loved getting the top new artist award – ahead of Bastille, Passenger, Ariana Grande and Capital Cities – she didn’t quite understand how Royals got top ‘rock’ song. As she took to the stage, she whacked out the finger devil horns and pulled a confused face, later tweeting, 'This is me confused about unwittingly having written best ~rock~ song lol dork’ linking to a GIF of her looking confused.

She also performed* Tennis Courts* live, which is obviously something she does loads while on tour, but was a first in that, unlike Royals, she’s never done it at an awards show before. Wearing a massive, black, wide-brimmed hat, for the typically low-lit performance, she gesticulated, rapped and snarled in true Lorde fashion. If you want to, you can watch the video of the performance below. Isn’t that nice?

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This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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