Francis Specker/CBSLorde kicked off her U.S. headlining tour Monday night in Austin, Texas, and it’ll keep her on the road through the end of the month. If you’re lucky enough to get tickets to the show, though, you may want to think twice before you scream “Lorde!!!!” at the 17-year-old Grammy winner when she’s on stage, or if you see her afterwards by her bus.
“I much prefer being called Ella,” the New Zealand teen born Ella Yelich-O’Connor tells ABC News Radio. OK, so then why did she end up choosing a stage name to begin with? “I basically chose Lorde because I wanted a name that was really strong and had this grandeur to it,” she explains. “I didn’t feel that my birth name was anything special. I always liked the idea of having, like, a one-named alias.”
However, that doesn’t mean that the singer will get angry if you do call her Lorde. “That’s fine too,” she laughs.
As for Lorde — uh, we mean Ella’s — tour, by now, you’ve probably seen her sing on TV, either on Good Morning America, or on the Grammy Awards nominations …read more