It’s been close to four years since the release of Lorde‘s Pure Heroine, the New Zealand native’s 2013 debut album that gave us the ever-catchy “Royals” — the singer-songwriter’s first single we still can’t stop humming along to.
Following the release of her album — which she debuted at the age of 16 — Lorde (born Ella Yelich-O’Connor) became the youngest singer to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart since 1987, when Tiffany’s “I Think We’re Alone Now” reigned supreme.
Oh, and did we mention she signed with Universal Records at 12 years old? (Excuse us while we think back to what we were up to in our pre-teen years.) Lorde, we are not and never will be worthy.
Despite the success that immediately followed and catapulted the star and veteran Taylor Swift squad member to fame, Lorde made the decision to take a much-needed break.
The hiatus, however, didn’t keep the “Tennis Court” crooner entirely away from the recording studio. In fact, the performer worked on collaborations since taking a break, just released her highly anticipated new single and music video for “Green Light,” and announced her sophomore album, Melodrama.
“I am so proud of this song,” the 20-year-old star tweeted yesterday. “It’s very different, and kinda unexpected. It’s complex and funny and sad and joyous and it’ll make you DANCE. It’s the first chapter of a story I’m gonna tell you, the story of the last 2 wild, fluorescent years of my life. This is where we begin.”
As we try to contain our excitement for Lorde’s triumphant return, we’re taking a look back at what she’s been up to these past few years.
She won two Grammy Awards: January 2014
Lorde took home two awards for song of the year and best pop solo performance.
She performed at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, honoring Nirvana: June 2014
The singer gave her rendition of the band’s “All Apologies” at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony — much to band member Dave Grohl’s delight.
“There’s something about [Lorde] that represented or resembled the Nirvana aesthetic,” Grohl told Rolling Stone. “She has an incredible future ahead of her as a writer, performer and vocalist.”
She curated The Hunger Games — Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack: August 2014
And delivered another hit single, “Yellow Flicker Beat” for the star-studded track list, which also featured Charli XCX and a remix of “Yellow Flicker Beat” dreamt up by Kanye West.
She nabbed a Golden Globe nomination: January 2015
The first-time Golden Globe nominee scored a best original song nod for “Yellow Flicker Beat.”
She collaborated with Disclosure: September 2015
Lorde lent her vocals to one of Disclosure’s tracks (“Magnets”) off the duo’s album, Caracal, and also starred in its subsequent music video.
She paid homage to the late David Bowie at the 2016 BRIT Awards: February 2016
Lorde joined Bowie’s band onstage for “Life on Mars?” — a stunning version of the late performer’s song.
Her previous meeting with the icon made a lasting impact. “That night, something changed in me — I felt a calmness grow, a sureness,” she explained in a touching tribute following his death. “I think in those brief moments, he heralded me into my next new life, an old rock and roll alien in a perfect grey suit.”
She attended the Met Gala: May 2016
The “Green Light” singer ditched her signature black outfits and purple lipstick for a pink tulle gown and a touch of contour.
And if that wasn’t all, Lorde ended her night on the best note, despite having to wear a cast on her arm.
The Grammy-winning artist transformed her cast as a yearbook of sorts. “If u ever wanna know who was at the 2016 met gala they’re all on my arm,” she wrote on Instagram.