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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake covers Lorde cover to pay off ALCS bet with Kansas City

Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake paid part of her ALCS bet with Kansas City mayor Sly James with a rendition of a baseball-centric cover of Lorde's hit song, "Royals."

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake paid part of her ALCS bet with Kansas City Mayor Sly James with a rendition of a baseball-centric cover of Lorde's hit song, "Royals."

This one's about to get very meta. Preakness infield performer Lorde wrote a song called "Royals" because she saw a photo of former Kansas City star George Brett. Then, apparently, Royals fan John Long wrote a Royals-based cover of that song, and one of the many stipulations on a bet between Rawlings-Blake and James was that she perform "Royals" if the Royals won.

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The Royals, as this metropolis has tried to forget, swept the Orioles in four games.

Before the series, Rawlings-Blake stipulated that if the Orioles won, James had to congratulate the Orioles on video in full Orioles gear, light his City Hall orange, rename a Kansas City street after the Orioles, and donate fitness equipment to Baltimore's rec centers.

James agreed on the condition that a Royals win would require Rawlings-Blake to refer to crab cakes as Royal Blue crab cakes, travel to Kansas City to read to students, and record herself singing the Lorde hit.

She instead went with a Royals-themed parody of it, and with the help of some Baltimore School for the Arts students, did admirably. Click for the mayor singing, and stay for those kids ripping it up.

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