Lorde has appeared as an angel - complete with wings - in an all-star charity video for the BBC.

The Kiwi pop star appears alongside Chris Martin, Elton John, Brian May, Florence Welch and Dave Grohl in the cover of the Beach Boys' God Only Knows, to help launch a new music initiative in the UK, called BBC Music.

Proceeds from the song, recorded by a collective of 27 major artists that go by the name The Impossible Orchestra, are going to the charity BBC Children in Need.

Kiwi DJ, the UK-based radio personality Zane Lowe, has also contributed to the track, NME.com reported.

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The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson said he approved of the cover and admitted it was "humbling" to have one of his songs chosen.

"All of the artists did such a beautiful job I can't thank them enough. I'm just honoured that God Only Knows was chosen. God Only Knows is a very special song. An extremely spiritual song and one of the best I've ever written."

Watch the cover version below:

- nzherald.co.nz