Lorde took home the coveted Song of the Year prize at the 2014 Grammy Awards, after treating the crowd to a stirring rendition of that very track live.
The 17-year-old New Zealander's deadpan indictment of pop-star consumption run wild spend nine weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 last year.
Song of the Year is a songwriting award, which she shared with producer Joel Little. It's her voice, though, that led LL Cool J to introduce her as a legend in the making.
Think she lives up to that billing? Watch Lorde's Grammys performance below:
"Royals" was also nominated for Record of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance; Lorde's album Pure Heroine earned a nod as Best Pop Vocal Album.
The track, which is already heavy on silence along with her show-stopping vocals, was even more so Sunday at the start of her stripped-down rendition.
Donning uncharacteristically straight hair, a black-and-white pantsuit and black nails, Lorde painstakingly built up to the crescendo of the radio version.
Tremendous talent aside, she also looked every bit her age, with the normal level of teenage awkwardness, disdain and amusement on the podium.
What did you think of Lorde's performance? Did she deserve her place among the 2014 Grammy Awards winners? Should she have won even more?
1. Taylor Swift Grammy Awards Performance 2014
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2. Pink Grammy Awards Performance 2014
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3. Beyonce & Jay Z Grammy Awards Performance 2014
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4. Katy Perry Grammy Awards Performance 2014
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5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Grammy Awards Performance 2014 (ft. Mary Lambert, Madonna & Queen Latifah)
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6. Daft Punk Grammy Awards Performance 2014
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7. Lorde Grammy Awards Performance 2014
Lorde performs "Royals" at the 2014 Grammy Awards, electrifying the audience.
8. Keith Urban & Gary Clark Jr. Grammy Awards Performance 2014
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9. Hunter Hayes Grammy Awards Performance 2014
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10. Robin Thicke Grammy Awards Performance 2014
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11. Metallica Grammy Awards Performance 2014
Metallica performs live at the 2014 Grammy Awards. Bet you did not see that one coming!
12. John Legend Grammy Awards Performance 2014
John Legend performs at the 2014 Grammy Awards. This guy can really sing and play.