I Still Like Lana Del Rey Despite What They’re Saying About SNL

Well, it didn’t take long for the knives come out, did it?  Then again, that’s showbiz today.

Lana Del Rey, last night’s special musical guest on Saturday Night Live–an unheard-of appearance, given that she’s release a grand total of two songs and won’t have a full album out until later this month–hasn’t received very good reviews.  

A young, inexperienced singer thrust into the SNL spotlight?  What could possibly go wrong? I’ll tell you what: instant negative judgement by the public and faster-than-light word-of-mouth.  

Yes, it could have gone better for her.  She was undeinably nervous.  (Woudln’t you be?)  And as for stage presence and a TV image–well, that’s somethign that takes time to develop.  

In retrospect, it was probably a mistake to push her into this position in the first place. Her people (I assume she has people now) and Lorne Michaels rolled the dice and crapped out.  She just wasn’t ready for something like this.  Who decided that she was?

The reviews of her performance have not been kind.  Juliette Lewis and Perez Hilton were particularly harsh. They’ve been repeated and retweeted thousands of times over the last eighteen hours. 

I just hope that these wounds aren’t fatal to her career.  She shouldn’t have to pay for this mistake.  I still like her.

But let’s see what the indie kids who brought her this far think in a month.  Will the star-making machinery turn her into over-marketed crap?  I hope not.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

10 thoughts on “I Still Like Lana Del Rey Despite What They’re Saying About SNL

  • January 16, 2012 at 12:16 am

    I rather listen to remixes of her music. Penguin Prison remix of Blue Jeans is terrific. In this performance she is in the raw. If the song hasn't got the "it"factor, then how can you deliver it live ? No record company or management team would pass up the opportunity to showcase there client. Juliette Lewis and Perez Hilton are the corner stones of musical performances?? I've seen Juliette Lewis live:) BAD. Perez Hilton should watch what he says about musical performances. Didn't someone in Toronto not long ago put him in his place?

  • January 16, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Perez Hilton is a douche. There, I said it.

    Who cares what Juliette Lewis and Perez Hilton have to say? They're maggots.

    Lana is cute, charming, talented person and a fellow human being on planet earth.

    We should treat each other with more kindness and respect instead of taking mean spirited jabs.

    …or seek therapy!!!!

  • January 16, 2012 at 12:33 am

    I wouldn't be surprised if this poor girl's 15 minutes just ended on SNL. It was like watching some pretentious chick doing some really bad karaoke.
    If anyone intrigued by Video Games who was pining for more may have just shelved that idea.
    I honestly can't see many people shelling out to buy her album after that disaster, or even worse, paying to see her live.
    Hopefully for her sake I'm wrong.

  • January 16, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Well… it was time for another Nico…

  • January 16, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Blame should go to her management. Who agreed to this? Terrible, terrible judgement–and now she faces paying the price.

  • January 16, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Even during the closing credits/hugs, you could see Seth Myers mouth something along the lines of, "it wasn't that bad" to her.
    Yikes…poor thing…

  • January 16, 2012 at 7:28 am

    She said herself in an interview that she's been a musician for many years. If you are going to talk the talk then you should walk the walk because most musicians that have been at it genuinely for many years would never let a performance like that happen. Its completely unprofessional. She's 25 years old, she's not some 17 year old child. Although there have been many younger artists than her that have been thrust into the spotlight and yet manage to maintain far more composure than what Del Rey displayed on Saturday Night.

    She simply didn't pull it off and people are right to question the hype machine. People who get into the music business are well aware that you have to deal with the criticism that comes along with it. If you are not doing well at your job, then you should be told so that you may either learn, and improve or realize its not something you should be doing.

    Juliette Lewis's comment was hardly overly harsh.. the actress was simply watching the show like everyone one else, and making the same observations as the rest of us.

    We'll see how well Del Rey pulls it off on Letterman and Ellen. If she can redeem herself, great.. but lucky for her, prime time television is giving her two more shots not to blow it even further.

  • January 16, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    The reason people are vicious in their verbal backlash to performances like this is that there are so many musicians with REAL talent and REAL songs and REAL milage who are ready for this kind of exposure and have worked for years trying to get it. And the industry is only giving these opportunities to seemingly talentless people who have money or connections.

    And that's why the music industry is a total disaster right now.

  • January 16, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I didn't really like her music before SNL anyway. I'll take my St. Vincent records and go home 😛

  • January 18, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Lana Del Rey (If that is her real name…it isn't) bombed because she's just like the rest of the overhyped, over marketed pop tart sh*t bags. If she spent more time learning how to sing rather than tossing her hair over her shoulders then maybe she would have a shot. Until then, 2 words from your illustrious peers: Backing Tracks.


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