Lorde has finally met the man who indirectly helped make her an international star -- retired baseball Hall of Famer George Brett, who inspired her 2013 hit "Royals."
The 17-year-old New Zealand singer had co-written the track, one of the biggest hits of 2013 and winner of two Grammys, after seeing a 1976 National Geographic photo of Brett in his Kansas City Royals MLB team jersey.
Lorde, whose real name is Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor, met Brett, who was a Royal for his entire 21-year career, in Las Vegas on Tuesday, April 15, ESPN reported. The singer performed at The Cosmopolitan hotel in the city on Tuesday and also has a concert there on Wednesday. ESPN said that the two had planned to meet in March and that when the visit was canceled, the Kansas City Royals sent Lorde a jersey autographed by Brett (see a photo of her holding it, below).
A photo of the two was posted on the official Twitter page of Major League Baseball, over the caption: "And now you're Royal. @lordemusic meets @Royals icon George Brett." (See above, left)
The Kansas City Royals' Twitter page also posted a picture of the two. (See above, right)
"And we've come full circle!" the caption read.
See both photos above and watch the music video for Lorde's 2013 hit song "Royals" below.