The performance started out with the lights fading on the musician as clips of her song faded in and out, creating a haunting effect. There was static line of light and sound as the 17-year-old stood in silence. After a deliberate static shock exploded the star ever-so-carefully began singing her song, creating a beautifully exaggerated into that energized the fans the very second her voice filled the air.
Her left hand swayed in motion with the slowed-down version of her hit song as she let her body pop and fizzle with every move of the music. At first it came off as poetic and offered as a sign of how in touch she was with her own music but as the song continued, it registered as more wacky than musical.
The audience didn't seem to have a problem with it, constantly cheering over the haunting rendition of "Royals."
we really expect a lot from lorde, given that she's 17 god damn years old. WHAT WERE YOU LIKE AT SEVENTEEN
— Chelsea Fagan (@Chelsea_Fagan) January 27, 2014
Lorde looks like that goth girl on the Adams Family
— Chris (@iChrisWilliams) January 27, 2014
While it was clear she was singing over a softer recorded backup track, her vocals were spot on. Lorde proved to be a strong live-performer, beautifully showcasing her wispy yet enchanting voice.
Lorde took home the Grammy for Best Song of the Year.
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