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Watch Lorde Cover A Stripped-Down Version Of Carly Rae Jepsen’s 'Run Away With Me'

With Jack Antonoff on piano.

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The Fourth Annual Ally Coalition Talent Show was held in New York City last night. The event, which is organized by Bleachers' Jack Antonoff, his fellow Fun. bandmates, and his sister, designer Rachel Antonoff, raises awareness and funds for homeless and at-risk LGBTQ youth. The showcase included performances from Bleachers, Lorde, Kacey Musgraves, The National, Spoon, Andrew Dost, and Shamir, as well as comedians Aparna Nancherla, Phoebe Robinson, Jacqueline Novak, and more. More than $190,000 was raised during the evening. 

Antonoff has frequently collaborated with Lorde, but it's always a treat to see them perform together. During the show, the pair took the stage together to perform "Writer in the Dark" and "Green Light" from Lorde's Melodrama album. But the real treat came when they took on a few covers. With Antonoff on piano, Lorde passionately sang a stripped-down version of Carly Rae Jepsen's opening track on her Emotion album "Run Away With Me." According to Lorde, they'd never played the song together before aside from at soundcheck yesterday. The stripped down version excluded the quintessential sax, but Lorde transformed the song to fit her distinctive style. 

Considering both Lorde and Jepsen are pop stars who are breathing new life into the genre, it was pretty awesome to see the cover. Next, we'd love to see the two of them work on a song together. 

Watch Lorde's cover of "Run Away With Me" in the video below.

Other notable moments from the night included Lorde and Antonoff covering Roy Orbison's "You Got It" and an emotional tribute to Cranberries singer Dolores O' Riordan, who passed away last week. Antonoff and his Bleachers' bandmates performed a bare-bones version of the Cranberries song "Dreams" in her honor. 

Check out both of those performances in the videos below:

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