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George Brett, who inspired the song ‘Royals,’ finally meets Lorde

04/15/2014 6:45 PM

04/16/2014 11:20 AM

This is the meeting we’ve all been waiting for, isn’t it? George Brett met Lorde Tuesday night in Las Vegas.

A vintage photo of Brett, we all know now, inspired the title of the singer’s monster hit, “Royals.”

Last year she told VHI that she saw a photo in National Geographic “of this dude just signing baseballs. He was a baseball player and his shirt said, ‘Royals.’ It was just that word. It’s really cool.”

Turned out that dude signing baseballs, in a photo published in July 1976, was Kansas City’s Hall of Fame third baseman.

When the New Zealand teen came to perform in Kansas City in March, her mother, Sonja Yelich, explained to The Kansas City Star how her daughter came across the 37-year-old photo of Brett: Lorde used to collect vintage National Geographics.

TMZ reported that Lorde’s people contacted Brett and asked if he would like to hang out with her in Las Vegas tonight before her concert.

Brett told TMZ that he’s been invited to meet her in the past but scheduling conflicts got in the way before now.

He couldn’t attend her Kansas City concert but did send her a nifty gift instead: An autographed jersey.

Along with his signature he wrote, “Lorde, you are Royal to me."

She called it one of the coolest things she owns.


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