Lana Del Rey, also known at one point as Lizzy Grant, has been garnering a lot of attention lately. In the wake of her performance on SNL several weeks ago (which critics have considered one of the worst SNL flubs since the whole Ashlee Simpson lip-synching debacle), Lana also supposedly got “snubbed” from the 2012 Coachella line-up. In an interview with VH1, Lana was quoted as saying, “I’m probably not the best candidate for f***ing Coachella, you know?”
She’s described herself as a modern day “‘gansta’ Nancy Sinatra” and now some of us are wondering, is all this fuss over LDR deserved? I mean, personally, I don’t believe that her performance on SNL was that bad (aside from her stage presence and her voice having a definite nervousness to it) and in an article on Best Week Ever titled, “Is Lana Del Rey the most Controversial Figure of 2012?” the author also agrees with me, she wasn’t that bad. I mean, really – how could you compare her performance, in which she is actually singing, to Ashlee Simpson’s lip-syncing?
It seems that most of the attention she’s warranted is due in part to people questioning her reinvention into a brooding indie Lolita while a major label has been backing her transformation and her penetration into the media. In the beginning, Del Rey’s career certainly got a helpful push from the internet blogosphere, but now it’s those one-time supporters who are at the fore-front of her backlash. A recent NPR article put it perfectly, “She’s what most of us desire and despise, all in one.” With her album’s official release on January 31, 2012, ‘Born To Die’ has received a number of mixed reviews, but as we should all know by now, the internet loves to hate. And only time will tell if Lana will get her fair shot at evolving into the artist she’s in the process of perfecting.