It seems from the very start of Lana del Rey's career, everyone was rooting for her to fail. There were articles exposing her former persona, Lizzy Grant, to accusations of plastic surgery to theories she's was 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.
And 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 (And who could forget Karmin's effort to snatch the title a month after Del Rey's performance?) Instead what happened on live television was an obviously nervous woman trying hard to prove her critics wrong.More »