The singer and songwriter scooped the global award in her hometown, beating out a shortlist that included Benee, Six60, L.A.B, Broods and ARIA Hall of Famers Crowded House.
The global award is judged by Rolling Stone’s international editors, a panel that previously crowned winners in this category for the Australian edition of the awards, won by Tame Impala (2021) and The Kid LAROI (2022).
Until now, the RS Award was one of the few missing from Lorde’s trophy cabinet. Her collection includes a brace of Grammys for her Billboard Hot 100 leader “Royals,” taking out song of the year and best pop solo performance.
The first edition of the RS Awards was held Aug. 31 at the Glasshouse, following the domestic rollout of the masthead earlier this year.
Also during the awards event, best record went to local reggae act L.A.B for their chart-leading LP L.A.B V; stadium fillers Six60 took out best single for “Pepeha” and Maori soul singer Teeks snagged best new artist.
Performers on the night included Six60, Stan Walker & Hamo Dell, and Rob Ruha & Ka Hao, and The Edge afternoon hosts Sharyn & Jayden were emcees.
2022 Rolling Stone New Zealand Awards:
Winner: L.A.B – L.A.B V
Stan Walker – Te Arohanui
BENEE – Lychee
Ladyhawke – Time Flies
Yumi Zouma – Present Tense
Reb Fountain – IRIS
Aldous Harding – Warm Chris
Crowded House – Dreamers Are Waiting
Winner: Six60 – “Pepeha”
Gin Wigmore – “Hand Over Heart”
Teeks – “Younger”
Lorde – “Solar Power”
Rob Ruha & Ka Hao – “35”
Lilbubblegum – “Billie Eilish”
BROODS ft. Tove Lo – “I Keep”
Mitch James – “Be Somebody”
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ROLLING STONE GLOBAL AWARD: