LORDE

Lorde by name of Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor is a singer and songwriter who became an international crossover hit in 2013 with her debut studio album, Pure Heroine. At age 12 she was signed to a development contract with the Universal Music Group after an agent received footage of her singing at a middle-school talent show. A lifelong fascination with royalty and aristocracy inspired her stage name, although she appended an e to the end, as she felt that “Lord” was too masculine.

The album's debut single, "Royals," soared to no. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 100 making her the youngest pop star to achieve this feat since 1987 and won two Grammys. In 2017 Lorde released her sophomore album Melodrama to widespread critical acclaim, earning a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year.