Lorde and New Zealand’s new prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, had what she called a “mutual fangirl” moment at Thursday night’s 2017 NZ Music Awards.
The politician, 37, handed over the People’s Choice Award to Lorde, 21, who insisted on hugging Ardern and telling her how much she loved her.
The musician gushed, “Guys, I’m sorry – we need to give another round of applause to Jacinda Ardern. I am so happy to have such an articulate, exciting, young, beautiful leader in our country.
“I can’t believe you’re at the New Zealand Music Awards this is a big deal for music!”
“Presenting to you is a big deal – mutual fangirl, mutual fangirl,” Ardern then replied.
Lorde picked up six awards at the star-studded event, including Album of the Year for Melodrama.
The international star, who performed her single “Green Light” during the ceremony, which was held at Auckland’s Spark Arena, also bagged the awards for Single of the Year, Best Solo Artist, and Best Pop Artist.
Lorde told the mag, “I basically turned 19 and the world was like: ‘Alright, we’re going to toss everything up in the air and it’s all going to come down in a really crazy way.'”
The singer/songwriter’s latest album deals largely with the breakup from her boyfriend of three years, James Lowe, which helped to fuel her creative process.
“All of a sudden I moved out of home, I went through a breakup. It felt like every day and every night I was totally having my mind blown by all these new things,” she admitted. “I just couldn’t write it all down fast enough.”