FYI, Lorde is a huge Nicki Minaj fan -- and although the 17-year-old New Zealand pop star usually plays things ultra-cool, the "Royals" star got especially excited when the hip-hop queen introduced her performance of "Tennis Court" on Sunday night (May 18) at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards.
Let's back-track to last September, when Lorde's "Royals" was still climbing toward the top spot of the Hot 100 chart (where it would eventually reign for nine weeks). In an interview for a Billboard magazine cover story, Lorde said, "I also got the Nick Minaj album 'Roman Reloaded,' which I've been really into. She is so f---ing good, man, I can't even fathom it. I watched this amazing video the other day, of her just riffing about sex. She was putting on makeup and talking, and she's a total feminist, and I was like, 'Man, you are a badass, Nicki.' I love it."