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04/16/2014 02:54 pm ET

Lorde Meets George Brett, Inspiration For 'Royals'

Pop culture collided when Lorde met George Brett, the inspiration for her hit song "Royals." Last year, Lorde told VH1 that she wrote the song after seeing a photo of Brett, a player for the Kanas City Royals, signing baseballs in a 1976 issue of National Geographic.

"I'd been kind of thinking about writing that song for a while and been pulling together a couple little lines here and there, and I had this image from the National Geographic of this dude signing baseballs," Lorde said. "He was a baseball player and his shirt said Royals. I was like, I really like that word, because I'm a big word fetishist. I'll pick a word and I'll pin an idea to that."

When Lorde played in Kansas City, the Royals sent her a Brett jersey, but she never got the chance to meet the man who inspired her smash hit until now. On Wednesday, April 16, Major League Baseball tweeted a photo of Lorde and Brett in Las Vegas.

Here's the original photo that inspired "Royals."

george brett national geographic

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