In Defense of Lana Del Rey

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It seems from the very start of Lana Del Rey's career, the whole world was rooting for her to fail. There were articles exposing her former persona, Lizzy Grant, not to mention accusations of plastic surgery and conspiracy theories about how she'd been manufactured by record executives.

Then came her first major live performance on television -- Saturday Night Live on January 14, 2012. You could almost hear the collective snarl from critics and journalists waiting to tear her performance apart.

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Unfortunately, Del Rey gave them exactly what they expected -- shaky renditions of "Video Games" and "Blue Jeans." Some called it "the worst performance in SNL history," but that title still belongs to a lip-synching Ashlee Simpson. Instead what happened on TV was an obviously nervous woman trying hard to prove her critics wrong.

But even if things didn't go her way early on, Del Rey has fired back with song after song, steadily winning a large, loyal fan base. And now, on the heels of her second album, Ultraviolence, she's about to embark on a sold-out tour.

So, why do critics and music snobs still cry out "wannabe pop tart" when speaking about Del Rey?

It could possibly boil down to sexism. Men in the music industry can change their look and sound fairly easily with little mention from media and fans. In fact, they are often celebrated for it. (See Justin Timberlake, Usher, Kanye West.) But even that's too easy an answer.

After all, Miley Cyrus was able to shed her Disney-fied persona and co-opt twerking as her own, with Middle America being none the wiser. Sure, there were cries of cultural appropriation and racism at the beginning, but now everyone just seems to say, "She's just being Miley."

No, there's just something about Del Rey that seems to rub certain people a wrong way.

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luckyksh
luckyksh

I don't know which was worse, listening to her, or watching her eyeballs roll around inside of her head. 

Michi Chedraui
Michi Chedraui

TRUE ARTIST, shes amazing! Shes UNIQUE! Her songs are TRUE STORIES, with no hidden message in them. Shes not scared, shes the QUEEN! Her songs speak the true about so many girls out there, shes my INSPIRATION

Vivian Gutierrez
Vivian Gutierrez

Cynthia Vidal I didn't know people thought she was a fake

Alex Farley
Alex Farley

Ok, I just did a search for her on YouTube & found "West Coast". 1st time ever listening to her music, at any time. Sounds like: Second rate Tori Amos, especially vocally, so this style has been done before & is nothing new or original. Pass

Gabriella Leone
Gabriella Leone

meh who cares I liked her when she was Lizzy and I like her now, it's her voice that's amazing and what is important. Artist's are reinvented all the time.

Eric Santa Rosa
Eric Santa Rosa

"The whole world was rooting for her to fail" Really? What world? I like to think i'm a part of this world. Sometimes. I've only hear of her about a couple of years ago. Who is rooting? Or is it,onces again as part of this world and this race you are trying to find "the drama". *sigh* I need a different world.

Valberta Guthrie
Valberta Guthrie

This girl has own style and her music is awesome! 'nuff said!

Aditza 'Dizzy' Reyes
Aditza 'Dizzy' Reyes

She gets slack for being different and having a unique sound ... agreed, some of her songs are zzzz but it's the ones that aren't zzzz that are worth your while ... listen to the lyric ... that has a lot to do with it .... #rockonmamacita

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

Well, they were playing her Summertime Sadness hit well into fall & winter, so she must've hit a hr there ? They all can't be hits ?

Alex Farley
Alex Farley

Who exactly is "everyone"? And why should I care?

Josi Denise
Josi Denise

I love Lana. Fake or not, she invented a fresh persona unlike anyone else so far

jay.christopher09
jay.christopher09

I blame her team.. They knew they were suppose to have 200 dancers, fire and various other props to distract you from her lack of singing ability 

vtorr009
vtorr009

But have you ever seen her live????? She's the epitome of a studio musician...

Miami New Times
Miami New Times

Dana, we still enjoy your comments and clicks. Thanks for keeping us relevant :)

Dana Hatred
Dana Hatred

She is at least less fake than the reporting in this 'newspaper'.

sdmarin
sdmarin

all songs sound alike to some other shit, look at Gaga, copying everything Madonna has done. So, shut the fuck up. Thanks. 

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