Last night musical darling/critical lightning rod Lana Del Rey performed on Saturday Night Live. It was only the second time that an artist got a booking in that coveted spot before releasing a single studio album. (The first was Natalie Imbruglia.) Unfortunately for her, it was not her best performance.
Lana is from New York, and her harshest critics might be here. After a successful tour of European clubs and television shows, a performance at The Bowery Ballroom this fall was panned. Lana claimed she had technical difficulties at that show, and the Saturday Night Live stage is known to be a difficult performance venue as well. [tagbox tag="Lana del Rey"]
Last night, Lana put forth a minimalist performance, standing in front of her band in a floor length white gown. She looked great, but almost before she began knives were being thrown her way on Twitter.
And it looks like Lana’s nerves got the best of her during her performance of “Video Games.”
For her second set, she played “Blue Jean.”
Things got better in her second performance, but Lana definitely exhibited some awkward performance tics that viewers don’t tolerate in a primetime performance like SNL. And her showing definitely cemented the opinion a lot of critics had that Lana is a manufactured talent sprung from the minds of studio executives. Even actress Juliette Lewis allegedly got in on the trashing, supposedly writing the following tweet (though it’s no longer in her feed):
“Wow watching this ‘singer’ on SNL is like watching a 12 yearold [sic] in their bedroom when theyre pretending to sing and perform #signofourtimes.”
Of course, Lana always looks amazing, and there were plenty of people who enjoyed watching her on the show. But on Twitter, they were severely outweighed by the haters.
The real question is whether the performance will effect sales of her album that’s set to be released January 31st.
On the next page, I’ve included some video of Lana performing at different venues, for those of you who saw her for the first time on Saturday Night Live.