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From the moment "Royals" was announced as a contender for Song of the Year, the 17-year-old newcomer generated the most buzz among the assembled press corps and artists alike.
"She's incredible," gushed Keith Urban, who like Lorde was born in New Zealand. "Just deeply, deeply talented."
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A palpable excitement rippled through the room when Lorde stepped to the microphone, seeming genuinely excited for the nominations. She generated laughs when asked if people in her home country understood the gravity of GRAMMY nominations.
"Yes, for sure," she smiled. "We have the Internet, so we get it."
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