Lorde finally meets George Brett, the baseball star who inspired 'Royals'

Lorde wrote "Royals" when she saw a National Geographic photo of George Brett signing autographs in his Kansas City Royals uniform.
By Kate Stanton   |   April 16, 2014 at 7:54 PM   |   Comments

LAS VEGAS, April 16 (UPI) -- Lorde told VH1 last year that "Royals," the song that made her an international superstar, was inspired by this 1976 photo of retired Kansas City Royals third baseman George Brett.

"I had this image from the National Geographic of this dude just signing baseballs,” Lorde said at the time. He was a baseball player and his shirt said, 'Royals.' It was just that word. It’s really cool."

After a few failed meet-up attempts, Lorde invited Brett to her Las Vegas concert on Tuesday night, where the two connected backstage.

"And we've come full circle! .@GeorgeHBrett, the inspiration for Grammy Award-winning song Royals, meets @Lordemusic," the Kansas City Royals tweeted.

Brett previously sent the 17-year-old Kiwi songstress an autographed "Royals" jersey that she's described as "one of the coolest things she owns," according to the Kansas City Star.

Brett wrote on the jersey: "Lorde, you are Royal to me."

[Deadspin, TMZ, Kansas City Star]

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