Lorde Finally Meets the Baseball Player Who Inspired ‘Royals’

By Shannon Carlin

Sure Lorde‘s hit song “Royals” was inspired by hip-hop and all its references to expensive alcohol, beautiful clothes and even more beautiful cars. But what really spawned the track was a photo in National Geographic of Kansas City Royals third baseman, George Brett.

Related: Behind The Song: Lorde’s ‘Royals’

The photo, which was taken by photographer Ted Spiegel, appeared in an article about Kansas City in July 1976 and shows Brett signing baseballs for a crowd of fans. Lorde said the word “Royals” on his jersey struck a chord with her and inspired her to write the song.

But even though she’s been telling this story to everyone, she hadn’t gotten a chance to meet her muse. That is until now.

Related: Lorde Wants Radio to Stop Playing ‘Royals’

On Tuesday (April 16), Brett met with Lorde before her show in Las Vegas. And from the looks of the photo, they’re already old friends.

It’s not the first time Lorde’s gotten starstruck. In a recent interview with Teen Vogue (via L.A. Times) she went a little crazy after learning Hilary Duff (aka Lizzie McGuire) was at one of her shows.

“This is the most insane thing that’s ever happened to me,” said Lorde. “That’s my childhood right there. Hilary Duff is a fan – that freaks me out!”

It seems like all of Lorde’s dreams are coming true as of late. Last Saturday, when she took the Coachella stage she told the crowd how honored she was to play the festival, even getting a little emotional when she talked about getting the call to play the fest.


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