Lana Del Rey caused a headline blitz after her horribly-reviewed Saturday Night Live performance. Criticism and critiques flew after she croaked out some shaky octaves on SNL, right before her major-label album debut, Born to Die, on Jan. 31.
Del Rey is probably trying to forget the SNL debacle, busying herself with planning a U.S. tour. After the now-infamous performance, the 25-year-old songstress was torn apart by others in the biz.
In an email to Gawker chief Nick Denton, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams called Del Rey's performance one of the worst in SNL history. Actress and musician Juliette Lewis tweeted: Watching this 'singer' on SNL is like watching a 12-year-old in their bedroom when they're pretending to sing and perform.
Now, on the heels of loud reproach, a video has surfaced of Lana Del Rey before she was famous, when she was known as Lizzy Grant.
The Daily Mail featured a video of Lizzy Grant, performing in a bar, trying to land a big break in New York City. The video shows a timid, blonde girl wearing a green t-shirt and baggy jeans.
Grant never made it. Her one album flopped.
But, just two years later, Lizzy Grant was transformed into Lana Del Rey - a sultry, sexpot who described herself as gangsta Nancy Sinatra. Del Rey scored her ticket to fame when the montage- music video for Video Games became a YouTube sensation. She scored a deal with Interscope Records and won the Next Big Thing prize at the Q Awards.
Once Del Rey's name began to circulate, interest in the singer piqued. Interested persons dug up photos of her as Lizzy Grant - with bleached platinum hair and thinner lips; a stark contrast to the red-haired, pouty songstress known today. Photos on Twitter compare the singer, then and now, pointing out the noticeable differences.
Some felt they had been duped and questioned her authenticity as an artist. Critics believed Lana Del Rey was manufactured by a Hollywood management team with her millionaire father's money to support her, reports The Daily Mail.
The Web site for Lizzy Grant disappeared along with tracks available on iTunes.
Despite the skepticism and animosity, Del Rey's album is expected to be a chart-topper. Born to Die already made Amazon's Top 25 on pre-sales alone.
Her manager, Ben Mawson, told The New York Post, I find the whole thing really weird. It's weird that she polarizes opinion so much, that people make so much effort to hate her.
Lana Del Rey has expressed her passion for the art. Sonically, I always knew exactly what I wanted, she told MTV. That's really the only thing I do know. The rest of it was sort of up in the air. I've been a writer for a really long time, and a sort of bad composer, but a composer nonetheless. It was something I did alone for some time and then became a collaborative effort as I met better and better people.