'Royals' star full of praise for the stars
Michael Baggs

09:52 28th November 2013

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Lorde has explained her apparent criticism of rap superstars Drake and Nicki Minaj, as well as Lana Del Rey, after previously claiming the artists were 'irrelevant'.

The outspoken singer had once stated that the subject matter in their music was not something she could relate to, and was in part responsible for inspiring her global smash, 'Royals'. The comments were seen by many as criticism, but taking to Twitter to explain her words, she claims to have nothing but praise fo Drake and Minaj.

"Nice try @ComplexMag, but I have nothing but love and admiration for both nicki and drake (have said this x1000)," wrote Lorde.

"Just because their songs aren't my reality (being 17 and from Auckland) doesn't mean I don't admire their musicianship and careers!"

In an early interview, Lorde had previously stated: "Around the middle of last year I started listening to a lot of rap, like Nicki Minaj and Drake, as well as pop singers like Lana Del Rey. They all sing about such opulence, stuff that just didn't relate to me—or anyone that I knew," she said. "I began thinking, 'How are we listening to this? It's completely irrelevant.'"

Lorde has previously cited Minaj as an inspirational figure, praising the 'Super Bass' star on Twitter in September of this year.

"This is my FAVOURITE video on the internet @NICKIMINAJ i love you SO much," the 'Royals' singer wrote. "[She is] such an important female in pop. not to mention she fucking slays. Remember her my beautiful dark twisted fantasy guest spots? So on point."

The video in question was shot in 2010, and in it, Nicki Minaj reveals how she will walk out of photoshoots with a '$50 budget and some sliced pickles on a board' and how men and women are treated differently in music. See the video in question below.

Below: the 10 most brilliant things Lorde has said since her rise to fame


  • When asked if she wants to work with David Guetta: "No. Fuck no. He's so gross."

  • "I think women who say, 'No, I'm not a feminist - I love men,' I think that is just...You don't know what it means. You think it means that, 'I don't shave under my arms, I burn my bras. Fuck men!' How could you be so uneducated, and so unwilling to learn about something which is so important to you?"

  • "Taylor Swift is so flawless, and so unattainable, and I don't think it's breeding anything good in young girls."

  • "Everyone is so obsessed with how everything looks, how the party will look through a lens the next day. We all have Tumblr and we all have Instagram and everything. People care so much about it because, now, any random can be famous on the internet if their world looks good on Tumblr."

  • "She’s great, but I listened to that Lana Del Rey record and the whole time I was just thinking it’s so unhealthy for young girls to be listening to, you know: "I'm nothing without you." This sort of shirt-tugging, desperate, don’t leave me stuff."

  • On ex-Disney stars: "The difference between those kids and me is that I grew up completely normally and went to parties and had that experience. I am way less inclined to be like, ‘Look! I’m f**king mental!'"

  • "I'm a feminist so certain things about music I find frustrating. I think pop is scarily powerful. There are a lot of shock tactics these days: people trying to outdo each other, which will probably culminate in two people f**king onstage at the Grammys."

  • "I've always really liked Kanye and I met him on Jools Holland. He was wearing a grill on his lower teeth and I had this barely suppressed desire to rub the grill. I didn't rub the grill."

  • "I think there's a funny culture in music that's only happened over the last 15 years, that if you have an opinion about something in music that isn't 100-percent good, you're a 'hater,' even if you have perfectly reasonable grounds for that critique."

  • "I love rap music because it just makes me feel way cooler than I really am."

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