Lorde Explains How She Came Up With Her Stage Name at Age 16

Lorde Explains How She Came Up With Her Stage Name at Age 16

Lorde released her first album at such a young age, it’s a wonder that she chose such a powerful — and lasting — stage name. (If we did the same, we shiver to think of what our 16-year-old selves would select.)

We know that Lorde didn’t think her real name, Ella Yelich-O’Connor, would cut it in the music business. But how did she settle on Lorde?

“It was actually a really quick decision,” the now 20-year-old singer told 60 Minutes in an interview. “It’s quite funny, because I’m like, wow, if I’d known I would be having that name for the rest of my life I probably would have spent more than two days on it.”

Two days?!

“It was a good spontaneous choice, I think,” Lorde continued, “I’m quite proud of my 16-year-old self for not messing that one up because if I’d given myself a cool, weird, hip name that I hated now that would be super annoying. It was that nobility, aristocracy obsession that I had. I hit upon ‘Lord’ and loved the way it sounded, and then I was like, it would be quite cool to add an E to feminize it.”

Since her first hit was “Royals,” we shouldn’t be all that surprised. Still, we cannot help but be impressed that Lorde became Lorde at only 16 — and not “Kween” or “Princess” or “WildChild48.” (Some of us had embarrassing AIM names, ok?)

Watch the full clip below.

Lorde 60 Minutes Segment
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