Lorde, GRAMMYS 2014, First Grammys

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Lorde's music career beginnings were a far cry from Grammy gold.

They began, though, before the "Royals" crooner even became a teenager, at the ripe old age of 12.

The New Zealand singer-songwriter, who was born and raised in Auckland, started off performing and singing in drama class when she was five, she told Rolling Stone, and went on to land her first record deal with Universal Records at age 12.

Lorde's co-manager, Scott Maclachlan, discovered the teen phenom from a video of her singing at a middle-school talent show, where she crooned Duffy's "Warwick Avenue" along with a schoolmate named Louie.

After Louie's dad sent Maclachlan footage of the performance, the Universal Records A&R rep was wowed.


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"She had this amazing voice, and actually it isn't that different now," Maclachlan told the mag."It had the same great sort of depth and timbre, a real soul to it."

He went on to sign Lorde to a major-development deal, but when he paired her up with various songwriters, it "just didn't work," he said. "I think Ella inherently sensed that she was never going to sing other people's songs."

Lorde, who had already been penning short stories, eventually teamed up with Joel Little, who had worked in the pop-punk music circuit in the past, and taught the brunette beauty about song structure.

From there, Lorde spent the next three years turning the fictitious stories she loved into songs, according to Billboard.

"Right from the off, lyrically, her words were incredible," Maclachlan told the mag. "The arrangements required work, but when you're dealing with a 13- or 14-year-old, you're not really in a massive hurry...I just let her get on with it, and she just kept on improving."

She went on to release a 5-song EP, The Love Club on SoundClound in November 2012 to peak some interest, and later wrote the lyrics to her massive hit "Royals," which went on to achieve global success after it was released last June.

Lorde, GRAMMYS 2014

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Lorde had her first U.S. performance Aug. 6, 2013 at New York's Le Poisson Rouge—a small venue that sold out all 700 of its seats that night.

And by the time she released her debut album Pure Heroine Sept. 27, "Royals" had already hit No.1 on Billboard's Alternative charts.

She has gone on to have a mini-tour in Australia, and racked up Grammy gold when she won Song of the Year for "Royals" and Best Pop Solo Performance at Sunday's awards show.

Lorde also hit the stage for a performance of "Royals," all of which probably made for one awesome first time at the music awards show.

Next up, she's gearing for a U.S. tour in March, with all 16 shows already sold out, according to the New Zealand Herald.

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