WELLINGTON, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand Prime Minister John Key on Monday praised teenage pop queen Lorde on her success in picking up two Grammy awards in the United States' annual celebration of music talent.
Singer and songwriter Ella Yelich-O'Connor, who performs as Lorde, won the Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance, and together with co-producer Joel Little won Song of the Year for "Royals."
"This Grammy success underlines a fantastic year for Lorde and Joel Little. They have achieved something no other New Zealander has," Key said in a statement.
"Lorde is a phenomenal talent and an inspiration to all young New Zealanders. At just 17 years old she has a great future. Her success today has made us all very proud."