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Much like her best bud Taylor Swift, Lorde, the daughter of a poet, took the music world by storm before she could legally vote. The "Royals" chanteuse became one of the youngest winners in Grammy history when she earned two in 2014 at the tender age of 17. Her trophy case also includes two Billboard Awards, and MTV VMA and three World Music Awards. The New Zealand native who still lives with her parents caught her big break when she covered Duffy’s "Warwick Avenue" at a middle school talent show when she was 12 as her schoolmate's dad sent a copy of the performance to an A&R exec in New Zealand. Universal Music Group signed her and released her debut EP, The Love Club, in 2013 and her first album, Pure Heroine. At 16, the video for her debut single, "Royals," garnered over 750,000 hits on YouTube and became a No. 1 single, making her the youngest solo artist to achieve a Billboard Hot 100 No.1 since 1987. In 2014, she contributed “Yellow Flicker Beat” to The Hunger Game: Mockingjay soundtrack. She has been dating photographer James Lowe, seven years her senior, for more than two years and collaborated with MAC Cosmetics to create a lipstick and eyeliner set in her signature dark shades.