Lorde meets baseball player who inspired ‘Royals’

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Teenage singer poses for a picture with Kansas City Royals veteran George Brett in Las Vegas

Lorde yesterday (April 16) met the person who inspired her global hit ‘Royals’ – Kansas City Royals third baseman George Brett.

A picture of the baseball player in National Geographic magazine inspired Lorde to write the song.

“He was a baseball player and his shirt said, ‘Royals,’ ” Lorde told VH1, via Billboard. “It was just that word. It’s really cool.”

A snap of the meeting was yesterday posted to the Major League Baseball Twitter account, and can be seen below.

Speaking to TMZ, Brett said: “Lorde is such a sweet little girl… She’s only 17 years old and she’s very talented. My wife and I met her after she did her sound check. And then we got to talk to her for a little bit after the concert also… We both said it was nice to meet each other. She told me about looking through the National Geographic and seeing the picture [of me from 1976] and cutting it out and putting it on her wall.”

Brett had previously sent Lorde an autographed jersey when she played a show in Kansas City, on which he wrote “Lorde, you are Royal to me.”

‘Royals’ has recently been covered by Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and Bruce Springsteen, who performed the song at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland on March 1, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar and harmonica. Lorde said the tribute made her cry: “It was so exciting. It was the highest honor. He’s such an incredible songwriter. I got a little teary. It was very cool.”