"Royals," Lorde's deadpan indictment of pop-star consumption run amok, was named song of the year Sunday at the 56th Grammy Awards, extending the success of a tune that spent nine straight weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100.
A songwriting prize, the Grammy went to Lorde (born Ella Yelich-O'Connor) and Joel Little, who also produced the track. In its recorded form, "Royals" was nominated as record of the year and in the pop solo performance category; Lorde's album "Pure Heroine" earned a nod as pop vocal album too.
"Everybody's like Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece / Jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash," Lorde sings, "We don't care, we aren't caught up in your love affair."
"Royals" beat out Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven," Katy Perry's "Royals," "Just Give Me a Reason" by Pink featuring Nate Ruess and "Same Love" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert for song of the year. Last year, Fun. won the prize for its smash hit "We Are Young"; other recent recipients include Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" and "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum.
The Grammys are determined by about 13,000 voting members. The eligibility period for nominated recordings was Oct. 1, 2012, to Sept. 30, 2013. The 56th awards are being held at Staples Center and telecast on CBS. They are broadcast live except for viewers on the West Coast. The latest headlines and any breaking news will be posted here on Pop & Hiss.
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