Lana Del Rey is an American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. Although, her real name is totally different than her stage name “Elizabeth Woolridge Grant”.
She is famous for her distinctive approach creation music video which references to pop culture of American 1950s and 1960s.
All her music delivers stylized cinematic quality with themes of tragic romance, glamour and melancholia.
- Full name: Elizabeth Woolridge Grant
- Born: 21 June 1985, Manhattan, New York, United States
- Profession: American singer, songwriter, musician
- Height: 1.7 m
- Genres: Baroque pop, Dream pop, Rock
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About Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey was born on 21 June 1985 in Manhattan, New York, United States. Her birth name is Elizabeth Woolridge Grant.
She is daughter of Robert England Grant, Jr., a wealthy Grey Group copywriter, and Patricia Ann “Pat” (née Hill), an account executive at Grey Group.
She has two siblings, one younger sister, Caroline, and one younger brother, Charlie. They were raised Roman Catholic.
When she was a baby, the family moved to the upstate New York town of Lake Placid.
In Lake Placid, her father initially worked for a furniture company before becoming an entrepreneurial domain investor; her mother worked as a schoolteacher.
In Lake Placid, she attended St. Agnes School for her elementary years and began singing in her church choir, where she was the cantor.
She attended the high school where her mother taught for one year, but, at age 15, was sent to Kent School by her parents to resolve a budding drinking problem. Her uncle, an admissions officer at the boarding school, secured her financial aid to attend.
According to Grant, she had trouble making friends throughout much of her teenage and early adult years. She elaborated on being preoccupied with death from a young age, and its role in her feelings of anxiety and alienation:
Her younger sister, photographer Caroline “Chuck” Grant, shot the Lust for Life album cover and has taken promotional photos of Del Rey.
Lana Del Rey started her music career in 2005, New York City. Following numerous projects including her debut studio album and the unreleased Sirens.
Del Rey’s breakthrough came after the viral success of her debut single “Video Games” in 2011.
She signed with Interscope and Polydor later that year. Her major label debut Born to Die (2012) proved an international success and spawned a top-ten single on the Billboard Hot 100 with the Cedric Gervais remix of “Summertime Sadness”, as well as the internationally successful singles “Blue Jeans”, “Born to Die”, and “National Anthem”.
Del Rey then released the Grammy-nominated EP, Paradise in 2012. The next year, Del Rey ventured into film as she wrote and starred in the short music film, Tropico, and released “Young and Beautiful” as the lead single for the romantic drama film The Great Gatsby (2013).
Del Rey subsequently issued her sophomore major label effort, Ultraviolence (2014), to critical success, topping the charts and spawning the single, “West Coast”.
That same year, Del Rey recorded the eponymous theme for the drama film Big Eyes, which garnered her Grammy and Golden Globe nominations.
She released the album Honeymoon in 2015 and Lust for Life in 2017, the latter of which topped the charts in the U.S. and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album.
Del Rey’s sixth studio album, Norman Fucking Rockwell! (2019), received widespread critical acclaim and two Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year.
In 2019, Del Rey also released the singles “Doin’ Time” and “Don’t Call Me Angel”, the latter being a trio with Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus.
As of 2020, Del Rey has sold 19.1 million albums and over 13 million singles worldwide, while her YouTube and Vevo pages have combined lifetime views of 3.8 billion.
Among her awards and nominations, Del Rey has received 2 Brit Awards, 2 MTV Europe Music Awards, a Satellite Award and 9 GAFFA Awards, and has been nominated for 6 Grammy Awards and a Golden Globe Award.