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Protest countered outside Lorde concert

Sunday 23 Mar 2014 11:00 a.m.

Members of Westboro Baptist Church have protested outside Lorde's concert in Kansas City and so have counter protesters.

Members of the church picket thousands of events a year and the gathering outside Lorde's concert was the first since pastor Fred Phelps, 84, died last week, US media reported.

Counter-protesters held up signs with positive messages outside Lorde's concert on Friday US time, including one saying "sorry for your loss".

Ahead of the concert the 17-year-old New Zealand singing sensation told fans to wear brightly coloured clothes and kiss picketing churchgoers of the same sex.

The church, which is known for its anti-gay messages, says adults have failed to train Lorde in the ways of the Lord.

"(Lorde) spends her time, energy and talent serving herself and teaching other people how to be indolent rebels," the church's picket brochure said.

The singer is touring the US and her single ‘Team’ has just reached No.1 on Billboard's adult pop songs list.

She is the first female artist in Billboard history to dominate triple-A charts with two songs, US Today reported.

"Add this latest string of accomplishments to her two Grammy awards and the one million sales of her album Pure Heroine to her age, 17, and you might have the most overachieving teenager in the world," the newspaper said.

Her Grammy award-winning song ‘Royals’ is still is going strong on music charts.

Kansas City Royals baseball star George Brett was unable to attend the concert but sent Lorde an autographed jersey.

Lorde has said an image of the sportsman wearing a Kansas City Royals shirt while signing autographs in an issue of National Geographic was one of the inspirations for the song ‘Royals’.

Bruce Springsteen performed ‘Royals’ at his concert in Auckland earlier this month.

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