Lorde has paid tribute to David Bowie, writing on her Facebook page that the singer heralded her into her new life.

Tributes have poured in for Bowie from around the world and beyond, with celebrities, politicians and astronauts praising the singer's legacy.

He tragically lost his battle to cancer over the weekend, just days after his 69th birthday.

Tributes to the musical genius flooded social media following the sad announcement of his passing, with hundreds of stars paying their respects to the Ziggy Stardust hitmaker.


Lorde wrote on Facebook that she "woke up this morning with a tender head from tears and that big red cup of Japanese whiskey, gulped last night after the news came."

She said it felt "garish" to talk about herself at a time when something "so distinctly world-sized" had happened.

"But everything I've read or seen since the news has been deeply intrinsic in tone, almost selfish, like therapy.

"That's who he was to all of us. He was a piece of bright pleated silk we could stretch out or fold up small inside ourselves when we needed to.

"Mr Bowie, I guess right now we have to hand this up for a minute."

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The Kiwi songstress met Bowie in 2013 when she was launching into the industry in the US.

At the time of their meeting Bowie told Lorde she "sounded like tomorrow" as she held hands with him in what she described as a "beautiful moment".

Lorde told Rookie magazine: "To have someone like that tell you that listening to you felt like listening to tomorrow. I was like ... I could creatively die and just be happy forever. I never tell anyone about that experience, because it meant so much to me, and I feel like it would be dulled or something if I always talked about it in magazines or whatever. It's my special thing.

"It was super cute, though - for some reason we were holding hands and just staring into each other's eyes and talking, and I was like, This is David Bowie's hand, what am I doing? It was insane. A beautiful moment."

Today Lorde reflected on the meeting at an "expensive Vogue benefit", saying it came during a time when America was very new to her and she was "distinctly uneasy and distrustful toward everything happening".

"I've never met a hero of mine and like it. It just sucks, the pressure is too huge, you can't enjoy it. David was different.

"That night something changed in me - I felt a calmness grow, a sureness. I think in those brief moments, he heralded me into my next new life, an old rock and roll alien angel in a perfect grey suit.

"I realised everything I'd ever done, or would do from then on, would be done like maybe he was watching. I realised I was proud of my spiky strangeness because he had been proud of his. And I know I'm never going to stop learning dances, brand new dances."

When a hero dies, everyone wants a quote. I woke up this morning with a tender head from tears and that big red cup of...

Posted by Lorde on Monday, January 11, 2016

Kiwi Comedy band Flight of the Conchords have also bid farewell toBowie on Facebook, with a link to their ode to the rock legend, Bowie's In Space.

"Goodbye to our Space Commander," Kiwi comedians Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement posted to Facebook, sharing a link to the song on YouTube, which has been viewed nearly 3 million times.

Goodbye to our Space Commander.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4zV4pJ8MwM

Posted by Flight of the Conchords on Monday, January 11, 2016

Jemaine Clement also tweeted his personal sadness over Bowie's death saying: "It's sad to lose Bowie, but it [sic] beautiful to think millions of people across the world are listening to his music right now."

He went on to say: "If you haven't listened to Blackstar, listen to it."

- nzherald.co.nz