The great Lana Del Rey debate rages on. While many have come to the defense of the singer since her much talked-about performances during this weekend’s Saturday Night Live (including host Daniel Radcliffe), others still maintain that the controversial music sensation is one of the worst guests in the show’s history, if not the very worst. (Juliette Lewis and Eliza Dushku seemed to think so. Heck, so did Brian Williams.)
Are people, like Radcliffe suggested, simply letting their personal feelings about Del Rey’s rise to fame cloud their judgment of her appearance? Or were her performances of “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans” quite simply that bad? I happen to be in the latter group of those who were downright flabbergasted by Del Rey’s warble-y, emotionless numbers and were left with burning questions, like: Who was this girl? Where did she come from? And why… why?! Watch her performance below and see what all the noise has been about:
Still, was she the hands-down, absolute very worst musical guest in Saturday Night Live‘s history? There may be no more terrible act to follow than Ashlee Simpson‘s infamous lip-syncing mishap of her song “Pieces of Me” back in 2004. (When it doubt, awkwardly jig! Or, you know, sing for real.) This one still makes me squirm, PopWatchers:
Then again, most people probably wished Ke$ha used a backing track (or was muzzled like one of her dancing robots) for her off-pitch performance of “Tik Tok” in 2010. Pew, pew, lasers!
All traces of Kanye West’s widely-criticized performance (particularly the auto-tuned “Love Lockdown”) during his visit to Studio 8H back in 2008 seemed to be wiped from the Internet. (Maybe it’s for the best?) Of course, no musical guest ever caught more heat on SNL than Sinéad O’Connor back in 1992 when she tore up a picture of the Pope during her performance of her song “War.” Watch O’Connor pave the way for Del Rey and shaky singers in white dresses everywhere:
So, who gets your vote for the worst musical guest in Saturday Night Live’s history? Does the honor go to Lana Del Rey, Ashlee Simpson, or someone else? Vote and share your thoughts in the comments section below!