Lana Del Rey Explains Why She's Not a Good Live Performer

Lana Del Rey

Admitting that she's more of a studio singer rather than a live performer, Del Rey says, 'You can't expect too much from my show.'

Before her "Saturday Night Live" gig, Lana Del Rey actually has warned people not to expect too much from her when it comes to live performance. The "Born to Die" singer said it's because she's more interested in songwriting and record production rather than singing in front of live cameras.

"I think like, the people who have been listening to my music for a little while know that I'm more of a writer and, like, a studio singer," Del Rey stated when discussing her live sets in an interview with FUSE. "So I think if you come to the show, you just come to hear the songs on the record that you might like."

The "Video Games" singer, who is set to perform at the upcoming SXSW, added with a laugh, "You can't expect too much from my show." She elaborated her statement, "Sometimes I feel less nervous than other times. I don't love live television. The only tip I have is just pray and just hope that things work out."

This was not the first time Del Rey admitted she doesn't really feel comfortable performing live. She once told MTV News, "You know, like, [it] depends on what's going on with my family and everyone around me. If I have other things to think about, or I'm trying to get things done for somebody else, and I'm not in my own way, then ... I'm like, 'This doesn't really matter'."

Though admitting she's not really a good live singer, Del Rey was praised by Andy Samberg. " 'Video Games' is a great song," the "SNL" regular told MTV. His "Celeste and Jesse" co-star Rashida Jones additionally defended the singer by saying that she understood the pressure put on her. "It's a tough venue," so she said.

Refusing to jump into conclusion, Jones quickly added, "You're not actually performing in front of an audience; you're performing in front of cameras. But I didn't see it, so I don't know." Samberg echoed her statement, "Yeah, I didn't see it either, so I can't really speak to it."

Before Samberg and Jones voiced their opinion, Daniel Radcliffe has also defended Del Rey. The actor, who hosted the "SNL" episode where she delivered a shaky performance, said that she doesn't deserve the abuse she's been getting. "It was unfortunate that people seemed to turn on her so quickly," he stated.



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