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Lorde Wins Prestigious New Zealand Songwriting Award for "Royals"

Image courtesy of Facebook.com/LordeMusic (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Facebook.com/LordeMusic (via ABC News Radio)

Lorde has just won her first -- but likely not her last -- award for her #1 hit "Royals."  The New Zealand Herald reports that the 16-year-old singer has just picked up the prestigious Silver Scroll Award from the Australasian Performing Rights Association, or APRA.

The Silver Scroll award is voted on by the 10,000 New Zealand songwriters who are members of APRA, and artists who win it see it as both a vote of confidence and as a stamp of artistic integrity from their peers.  Accepting the trophy, Lorde said, "What's cool about this is I'm so new to this, and everyone has really accepted me, which is awesome." 

Lorde's co-writer on "Royals," Joel Little -- a veteran of New Zealand's music scene -- joined the singer in accepting the award.  On stage, he told her, "It's taken me 10 years to get up on this stage, and it's taken you just 10 months. You're kind of annoying."  All joking aside, Little added, "The scary part of it is, you definitely haven't written your best song."

Later, Lorde, who was born Ella Yelich-O'Connor , tweeted , "wowwww just became the 2013 recipient of the nz silver scroll songwriting award! so happy, so blushy."

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