Lorde in the spotlight at Billboard awards


Lorde performs at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.
KIWI musician Lorde has picked up two Billboard awards but missed out on another 10 at a ceremony in Las Vegas.
Lorde, 17, was up for 12 awards, the equal-highest nominated artist. But she had to settle for just two gongs, for top new artist and top rock song for her chart-topperRoyals.
Reading her acceptance speech for top new artist from her smartphone, Lorde noted her meteoric rise started with Royals, a song she wrote when she was 15.
“I'm 17 and a half now and I'm so thankful to have had the opportunity to grow and learn as a new artist in the spotlight at this time.
“I am thankful for the dialogue around my work and myself and I am thankful to be around such talented new artists.” Some people on Twitter questioned whether Lorde should have qualified for top rock song, but it spent several weeks at the top of Billboard's US Hot Rock Songs chart.
She performed her New Zealand number-one song Tennis Court shortly after winning her second award.
Three of the awards Lorde was nominated for — hot 100 song, digital song and radio song — went to Robin Thicke for his hit Blurred Lines, while Imagine Dragons beat her to four awards — hot 100 artist, rock album, rock artist and streaming song (audio). Katy Perry beat her to top female artist and top digital songs artist, while Justin Timberlake headed her to win top radio songs artist.
Lorde earlier this year won Grammy Awards for best pop solo performance and song of the year awards for Royals, sharing the song of the year award with co-writer and producer Joel Little.

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