21 Feb 2014

Lorde 'stoked' to win Brit Award

4:57 pm on 21 February 2014

The father of young New Zealand singer and songwriter Lorde says his daughter is "stoked" to have won another major international award.

The 17-year-old, whose real name is Ella Yelich-O'Connor, was judged best international female solo artist at the Brit Awards in London on Wednesday. She faced stiff competition in the category from Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Janelle Monae and Pink.

Singer Lorde has won a gong at the Brits.

Singer Lorde has won a gong at the Brits. Photo: AFP

Vic O'Connor said his daughter is happier than after her double Grammy win in Los Angeles in January, where she walked away with best pop solo performance and song of the year honours.

Mr O'Connor says Lorde was not expecting to win in London and he is delighted that she's got more recognition.

"We've had an email exchange with her and her mother and her words were, 'I'm just so stoked' - because I think she also realises just the level of competition and her presence in the UK probably wasn't as great as it has been in the States, so she was thrilled to get the award from the Brits."

Mr O'Connor says he will travel with Lorde when she goes on tour in South America in March.

Route to pop royalty

Lorde's Brit Award and two Grammys cap a stellar 12 months for the performer. In 2013, her single Royals topped the charts around the world.

In October last year, she reached No 1 on the Hot 100 with Royals, beating Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry, and spent nine weeks there. Earlier, she had become the first woman in almost two decades to top the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.

At the time, Billboard said the ascent of Royals was stunning, setting the mark for the longest reign in the 25-year history of the Alternative Songs chart by a lead female.

Lorde, who was 16 at the time, was also the youngest solo artist to reach the Hot 100 since Tiffany, who was also 16 when her song I Think We're Alone Now reached No 1.

In New Zealand, she won 2013 APRA Silver Scroll Award in October for Royals and also in that month debuted at No 1 on the British singles chart, making her the youngest artist to do so since 1998.