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Lana Del Rey got some heavy criticism for her performance on Saturday Night Live, but she is now defending the January 14 musical effort for "Video Games" and "Blue Jeans.”
Critics, bloggers, and even NBC News anchor Brian Williams have been calling out Del Rey for her performance, with Williams going as far as saying it was "one of the worst outings in SNL history."
Del Rey’s debut album Born To Die came out Tuesday, January 31 and she told Rolling Stone, "I actually felt good about it. I thought I looked beautiful and sang fine ... I know some people didn't like it, but that's just the way I perform, and my fans know that."
The singer admitted she is "not a natural performer or exhibitionist" and that in her childhood, she "hated the focus; it made me feel strange,” MTV News reports.
Daniel Radcliffe was the host of that night’s SNL, and he told reporters at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts nomination, "It was unfortunate that people seemed to turn on her so quickly.”
He added, “I also think people are making it about things other than the performance ... if you read what people are saying about her online, it's all about her past and her family and stuff that's nobody else's business. I don't think [the performance] warranted anywhere near that reaction."
Still, it’s no sweat for Del Rey, as she notes, "There's backlash about everything I do. It's nothing new.”
Watch the performance below, do you think it warranted that much negative attention?