Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor known professionally as Lorde (pronounced “lord”), is a New Zealand singer and songwriter. 


Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor  known professionally as Lorde is a New Zealand singer and songwriter.

Before Fame

As a child, Lorde attended Vauxhall School in her early teens and then Belmont Middle School in her early teens. Her mother encouraged her to read a number of genres, which Lorde cited as a lyrical influence.


Lorde’s music is mainly electro-pop and contains elements from subgenres such as dream pop and indie electro. Her accolades include two Grammy Awards, two Brit Awards, and a Golden Globe nomination.

Family Life

Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor was born in Takapuna, Auckland on November 7, 1996, to poet Sonja Yelich (Croatian: Jelić) and civil engineer Vic O’Connor. Her mother was born to Croatian immigrants from the Dalmatian region, while his father is of Irish descent.

Associated With

Following her breakthrough, Lorde won four New Zealand Music Awards at the ceremony in 2013. The single “Royals” won the APRA Silver Scroll Award and two Grammy Awards for Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year.