The 17-year-old also performed on the live telecast a day after missing out narrowly on the number one place in Triple J’s Hottest 100. 

“Well, hello,” she said on stage when accepting her first award at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. 

“This is the one thing I did not expect the most about tonight, so thank you so much.

“To Bruno, to Sarah, to Katy, to Justin I have been so inspired by your vocal work at some point in my life, thank you!”

She had earlier missed out on the Best Pop Vocal Album but then became the third-youngest Grammy winner in history.

Lorde, real name Ella Yelich O’Connor, accepted the Song of the Year award with co-writer Joel Little. 

“We made this song originally to give away for free,” Little told the audience of superstars and industry professionals. 

Lorde was 15 when the song was written. “Thank you to everyone who has let this song explode because it’s been mental,” she said.

Lorde was also up for the final award of the night, Record of the Year, but that was claimed by Daft Punk’s Get Lucky – the faceless dance act claimed a total of four awards.

Grammy Awards 2014 – WINNERS

Record of the year Get Lucky – Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers

Album of the year Random Access Memories – Daft Punk
Song of the year  Royals – Lorde

Best new artist Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 

Best pop solo performance  Lorde – Royals

Best pop duo/group performance Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers – Get Lucky

Best pop instrumental album Herb Alpert – Steppin’ Out

Best pop vocal album Bruno Mars  – Unorthodox Jukebox

Best dance recording Clarity – Zedd featuring Foxes

Best dance/electronica album Random Access Memories – Daft Punk 

Best traditional pop vocal album  To Be Loved – Michael Bublé

Best rock performance Imagine Dragons – Radioactive

Best metal performances Black Sabbath – God is Dead?

Best rock song Cut Me Some Slack – Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear 

Best rock album Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day
Best alternative music album Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

Best R&B performance Snarky Puppy with Lala Hathaway – Something 

Best traditional R&B performance  Gary Clark Jr. – Please Come Home

Best R&B song Pusher Love Girl – Justin Timberlake

Best urban contemporary album  Rihanna – Unapologetic

Best R&B album  Alicia Keys – Girl on Fire
Best rap performance Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz – Thrift Shop

Best rap/sung collaboration  Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake – Holy Grail

Best rap song  Thrift Shop – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Best rap album  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist

Best country solo performance  Darius Rucker – Wagon Wheel 

Best country duo/group performance  The Civil Wars – From This Valley

Best country song Merry Go ‘Round – Kacey Musgraves

Best country album  Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer Different Park

Best music video  Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z – Suit & Tie

Best music film  Paul McCartney – Live Kisses

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