Lorde's Auckland Airport welcome
Award-winning singer Lorde is greeted by fans and media in New Zealand as she returns home with two Grammys. Courtesy of stuff.co.nz.PT1M19S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-31m6i 620 349 January 29, 2014
Television personality Charlotte Dawson has advised Lorde to turn her back on New Zealand to escape the "vicious" media.
Ella Yelich-O'Connor (aka Lorde) was upset about the media attention she received when she arrived from the Grammy Awards at Auckland International Airport yesterday.
Dawson, who moved to Australia after a public battle with the New Zealand media, told Newstalk ZB's Mike Hosking today that the 17-year-old could expect a "very, very hard time".
Lorde perfoms for fans at Silo in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Getty Images
"It will only take the media five minutes to start ripping her to pieces, and I think that's already started," she said.
"Unless you're very mediocre, you need to get out of there. You just have to if you want to keep succeeding because otherwise it will just crush your spirit.
"My advice is she's just going to have to leave New Zealand."
Charlotte Dawson advises Lorde to leave her home soil over media scrutiny. Photo: Fotogroup
Dawson told Fairfax Media in 2007 that her reputation had been ruined by the constant attacks, and she had no intention of returning to New Zealand.
She told Hosking: "I went into a very deep depression when I was living in New Zealand. My mother was dying and people were attacking me left, right and centre."
She said the public were not to blame; it was all the media.
Let's mesh! ... Lorde transformed into a truly headline act in Auckland. Photo: Getty Images
"They are vicious over there," she said from Australia.
Lorde tweeted yesterday: "There is a difference between attention from fans, which I love, and the constant, often lecherous gaze that I am subjected to in this industry.
"I know that success comes with a price tag, it just sucks when you see that in your tiny home country where you previously felt safe."
Yesterday Lorde took out a full page ad of the New Zealand Herald with a handwritten letter thanking her fans for their support leading up to her Grammys performance and dual wins.
In it she wrote: "I just wanted to say thankyou (sic) for the time you've given me these past 14 months. Finding out about me online or in between these pages or in your headphones. Without your support, there's no way I would ever have gotten to stand in the middle of the Staples Centre and perform in my school shoes."
Last night, Lorde performed for a much smaller crowd of nearly 10,000 fans in Auckland. And found herself nostalgic and lyrical about the last year of her life.
And of course, the last couple of days.
"I'm sorry for swearing, but I f---ing won two Grammys!"
Just 48 hours after the awards show that saw her pitted, and come up triumphant, against the likes of Katy Perry and Bruno Mars, Lorde made up for her absence from the Laneway festival with an almost-sold out solo show at Auckland's Silo Park.
It was a love letter performance, a sweet exchange between a nation infatuated with the coolest kid on the block, and a superstar giving a nod to the first fans, the ones who watched her rise.
Only four months ago, Lorde played for 5000 fans in a free show at the Vector Arena.
Her first big headlining show, it was a good night. It proved the 17-year-old was the real deal live.
But the transformation from Lorde on stage then and Lorde on stage now borders on metamorphic.
Just like at the Vector, Lorde opened with The Love Club EP track Bravado last night.
The difference was palpable.
Yes, she's older (slightly) but she's also become so much more confident in her performance, in the unique way she delivers her music, unapologetic as her body is possessed by the beat.
She looks more comfortable on stage now, like she's enjoying the experience even more. And her voice has matured too. It was almost unbelievable that she was singing live.
It was wicked to see the girl's still taking risks, covering James Blake track Retrograde and Son Lux song Easy in the set.
And she delivered in covering off most of her debut album Pure Heroine for a crowd that seemed to know every word.
She enlisted the audience to dance along to track Team, and gave a nod to the history of Ribs, a song she penned on the day of last year's Laneway festival.
'Royals', song of the year and the one that started it all, was a pretty special moment.
Euphoric melody rose into the darkening Auckland city skyline as the 10,000 audience members recited every word alongside its author.
White glow sticks, distributed to the crowd before the show, hung above the mass, swaying back and forth in clutched hands.
"Let me be your ruler/You can call me queen Bee/And baby I'll rule/Let me live that fantasy," Yelich-O'Connor sung out.
As the song came to a finish, glow sticks sailed through the sky onto stage, pummeling the songstress in a bizarre but fitting salute to her success.
The self-proclaimed weirdo seemed pretty pleased with the gesture.
It's still strange to hear her sing the lyrics that propelled, and foreshadowed, her meteoric rise.
"We're bigger than we ever dreamed/and I'm in love with being queen," she croons in 'Royals'.
And in the track that closed the show - A World Alone, more foreshadowing.
First the repeated refrain: "People are talking, people are talking."
Then, in the final words of her album, the final words of the night and fitting words of advice for the predicament of fame Yelich-O'Connor finds herself:
"Let them talk."
- Fairfax NZ