Lorde: "Royals" was Written in Thirty Minutes

Posted Monday January 27, 2014 9:25 AM GMT

Winning one of the Grammy Awards biggest honors for "Royals", Lorde couldn't help but reflect on the hits humble beginnings.

The 17-year-old phenom accepted the Song of the Year award with a brief speech, saying, "Thank you to everyone who has let the song explode 'cause it's been mental."

The story behind the song, which was originally recorded with songwriter Joel Little, says Lorde wrote the lyrics in thirty minutes and from there Little worked his magic to turn it into the pop hit it became.

"We made the song originally just to give away for free," Little said from the stage last night. And giving Little credit, Lorde added,"I probably wouldn't be here if Joel wasn't here."


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