Lorde Meets Her 'Royals' Muse: Baseball Legend George Brett

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Lorde performs onstage during day 2 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 12, 2014 in Indio, California

A photo of the Hall of Famer in his Royals jersey was the inspiration for her hit song

The N.Y. Post reports this morning that Lorde got to meet Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett – probably most famous for the “Pine Tar Incident” against the New York Yankees, when umpires disallowed his home run back in July 1983 for using a tampered bat — the acknowledged muse behind the smash hit.

Last night, the 17-year-old Grammy Award-winning New Zealand singer-songwriter posed for a photograph with Brett that appeared on Twitter.



Lorde has said she was looking through a National Geographic magazine and saw a photo of the baseball star smiling and signing autographs for fans.

“He was a baseball player and his shirt said, ‘Royals,’ ” Lorde told VH1. “It was just that word. It’s really cool.”

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According to TMZ, Lorde’s representatives contacted Brett and asked whether he wanted to meet the singer before her concert in Las Vegas last night.

Aware of the connection, Brett hadn’t been able to see the singer perform previously because of scheduling conflicts, but had sent her an autographed jersey when she had a concert in Kansas City, writing, “Lorde, you are Royal to me.”