The 17-year-old songstress had been named Billboard’s hottest star under 21, topping the magazine’s annual ranking of Music’s Most Powerful Teens. It’s been a stellar couple of years for Lorde who has also two Grammy awards and slew of other accolades that she won for her debut single Royals last year.

The New Zealand native beat Australian pop band 5 Seconds of Summer and wild child Justin Bieber into second and third place respectively.

The publication hailed the list as ‘perhaps the most impressive crop of under-21 stars,’ it had ever assembled.


Billboard said: ‘These 21 artists have already accomplished a great deal, but are safe bets to continue finding success as they edge toward adulthood.

‘For now they’re just kids, but they’re the kids that everyone in music is watching.’