BEST: Lorde Goes for Self
Part of what makes our current cover star Lorde — who took home trophies for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance — so amazing, obviously, is how self-possessed she is. Someone that young, singing those words, with such poise? Incredible. But knowing why Lorde is amazing doesn't make her any less so. Watching her perform "Royals," backed by a drummer and synth player, you couldn't help but be impressed by how unfazed, how utterly herself, she was. Dressed in a white sleeveless shirt and black slacks, her lips and fingertips painted black too, she sang perfectly — even going a cappella at times — while dramatically waving her arms and swaying. She was carried away by the song, but not by the moment.