Born as Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor on 7 November 1996, she is a New Zealand singer, songwriter and record producer professionally known as Lorde. She is famous for using unusual musical styles and meaningful lyrics. She was born in an Auckland suburb of Takapuna and grew up in nearby Devonport. Lorde was interested in performing at local venues from her early teenage. In the year 2009, she signed with the Universal Music Group and collaborated with Joel Little in 2011 to start recording.
The duo’s first collaborative effort was an extended play (EP) titled The Love Club that Universal Music released in 2013. The EP’s chart-topper number “Royals” made Lorde famous. Her debut studio album Pure Heroine was released in the following year and it achieved great critical and commercial success. In the following year, Lorde curated the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014) and recorded a number of tracks including the single “Yellow Flicker Beat.” Her next studio album Melodrama (2017) was widely acclaimed and debuted at the top spot in the United States.
Lorde primarily creates electropop music and has elements of numerous subgenres like dream pop and indie-electro. Her honours include two Grammy Awards, two Brit Awards and a Golden Globe nomination. She was on Time’s list of the most influential teenagers in 2013 and 2014, and also on the 2014 edition of Forbes 30 Under 30. Apart from her solo performances, she has also co-written songs for other artists like Broods and Bleachers. By June 2017, Lorde has so far sold more than five million albums globally.
After her breakthrough, Lorde won four New Zealand Music Awards in 2013. Her single Royals won the APRA Silver Scroll Award and a couple of Grammy Awards for Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year. In the year 2015, she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original song as a songwriter for “Yellow Flicker Beat.” Her next studio album Melodrama was also nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year at the 60th Grammy Awards. Lorde has won two Brit Awards for International Female Solo Artist. She has also won two Billboard Music Awards, one MTV Video Music Award and three World Music Awards.