North Shore Times : January 31st 2014
www.northshoretimes.co.nz NEWS NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 31, 2014 Lorde rules music world By JESS ETHERIDGE Lorde’s outstanding success at the world’s most prestigious music ceremony has unified New Zealand, a former mentor says. Leon Jacobs, Belmont Intermediate’s rock band teacher, says he ‘‘found it quite emotional’’ watching Ella Yelich-O’Connor take home two Grammys on Monday. Mr Jacobs teaches the Bel- mont rock bands, of which Ella was a member when she attended the intermediate. Lorde won song of the year and best pop solo performance at the 56th Grammys in Los Angeles. She becomes the youngest Kiwi to win at the Grammys. The 17-yearold beat music industry heavyweights such as Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Pink and Macklemore – a ‘‘surreal’’ feat, Mr Jacobs says. He says Lorde’s talent has always been known but the widespread critical acclaim confirms that. ‘‘You make music to con- nect with people. ‘‘No matter how good you know students are, this is larger than life.’’ People from all walks of life know Royals, which sat at No 1 on the US Billboard charts for nine weeks, and Lorde’s success has a unifying effect, he says. ‘‘It lifts everyone’s spirits, it buoys people up, it gives a common identity.’’ But fame and fortune haven’t changed Ella at all, Mr Jacobs says. ‘‘She hasn’t become a prima donna. She always was a standout student’’ due to her emotional maturity and positive nature, he says. ‘‘I’ve become quite a fan. It’s certainly not a genre I would’ve listened to in the past,’’ the rock fan says. Ella’s integrity as an art- ist, her humility and intelligence is why she has won millions of fans around the world, Mr Jacobs says. He and his wife watched the Grammys live. Mr Jacobs believes Bel- mont Intermediate will celebrate when school reconvenes on February 3. Some of the lyrics from Royals: Proud moment: Lorde with the two Grammy awards she won on Monday. there’s more online Go to northshoretimes.co.nz and click Latest Edition to watch Lorde’s Grammys performance and see more photos from the night. A special assembly, where students can watch her Grammys performance and acceptance speeches, is to be held, he says. Students may want to sing Royals in the assembly, he adds. Ella returned to Belmont Intermediate last year to judge the annual Belmont Idol competition which she won at age 12. She sang Royals with the school’s more than 500 students. Photos: REUTERS LORDE’SGRAMMYSNIGHT What: The 56th Grammy Awards, Los Angeles Who attended: Lorde, her family, co-writer Joel Little, Katy Perry, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Pink, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and many more. Lorde won two Grammys – song of the year and best pop solo performance – and performed a strippedback version of Royals to more than 30 million people watching the broadcast around the globe. The Takapuna artist took to the microphone and said she would ‘‘forever owe’’ Little, who had nurtured her through her early songwriting years. ‘‘Thank you to everyone who has let this song explode, it’s been mental.’’ Lorde missed out in two other categories, record of the year and best pop vocal album, to Daft Punk and Bruno Mars respectively. A few hours after the ceremony, Lorde tweeted: ‘‘I am so grateful for the attention my work has received tonight and this year. ‘‘Thank you and goodnight.’’ ‘‘I’ve never seen a diamond in the flesh I cut my teeth on wedding rings in the movies And I’m not proud of my address In the torn up town, no post code envy But every song’s like: Gold teeth Grey Goose Tripping in the bathroom Bloodstains Ball gowns Trashing the hotel room We don’t care, we’re driving Cadillacs in our dreams But everybody’s like: Crystal Maybach Diamonds on your timepiece Jet planes Islands Tigers on a gold leash We don’t care, we aren’t caught up in your love affair And we’ll never be royals (royals) It don’t run in our blood That kind of lux just ain’t for us, we crave a different kind of buzz Let me be your ruler (ruler) You can call me queen bee And baby I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule Let me live that fantasy ROYALS 3 Back then: Ella Yelich-O’Connor (Lorde ), second from left, with her Belmont Intermediate peers Thomas Calver, Ben Halstead and Morgan Allen, featured in the North Shore Times in 2008 when they were runners-up in theNew Zealand Kids Lit Quiz.
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