So Lana Del Rey made her live American television debut on “Saturday Night Live,” and the divisive Internet sensation was, well, divisive!
Actually, maybe not so divisive. She was kind of seen as universally awful -- made all the worse by her comments to MTV last week that she thought the Saturday night gig was an honor.
“I don't think they've ever had anyone [perform] who didn't even have a record out, so I do appreciate it," she said. "[But I got it] because I'm a good musician. And I may not have a record out now, but I have been singing for a very long time, and I think that ['SNL' creator] Lorne [Michaels] knows that, and everyone over there knows that. It's not a fluke decision.”
Del Rey then went on to compare herself to Grammy-nominated Bon Iver, which she really shouldn't.
Her album “Born to Die” may be good. It doesn't arrive until Jan. 31, and I haven't heard it yet.
But her performance, especially of her breakthrough song “Video Games” was so awful that it could easily have been a Kristen Wiig skit, maybe one where she impersonates a Fiona Apple wannabe.
Del Rey was off key and uncomfortable looking. (Her little spins mid-song would've been laughable if they hadn't made her look so ill-prepared and sad.) That's just not the first impression a new artist wants to make.
Her awkwardness lit up Twitter early this morning, as she became a trending topic. But her booking almost seemed like it paired with the “SNL” skit “You Can Do Anything,” where they mocked young artists' beliefs that they are talented simply because no one ever tells them the truth.
Someone really should've told Del Rey the truth.