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In 2011, a song Video Games was released by an unknown singer named Lana Del Rey. The song was not just emotional and deep, it was very different from what many are used to, and so it got many falling in love with the songand the singer. Less than a decade later, Del Rey has become a very big act with six albums to her name, multiple Grammy nominations, and much more.
Lana Del Rey Biography
The singer, poet, video director, songwriter, and music producer, Lana was born Elizabeth Woolridge Grant on June 21, 1985. While her father Robert England Grant, Jr., was a copywriter with Grey Global Group, her mother Patricia Ann also worked with the company before later going on to become a high school teacher.
Of Scottish descent, Elizabeth was brought up alongside a sister Caroline Grant and a brother Charlie Grant in Lake Placid, New York. The singer attended got her early education from a Catholic elementary school before going to the high school where her mom taught for a year.
By the time Lana Del Rey was 14, Grant who was brought up in a Catholic home was already having a drinking problem and so she was sent to a boarding school, Kent School to sober up. After her graduation, she got admission into the State University of New York at Geneseo. However, she decided not to attend but instead work as a waitress in Long Island where she lived with her uncle and aunty.
Also known earlier as Lizzy Grant, the singer started singing since she was a child and was even a part of her church choir. While living with her uncle, she taught her to play the guitar and soon afterward, she began writing songs with the six chords she learned. Before too long, she was already performing in nightclubs under several names including Sparkle Jump Rope Queen and the Phenomena.
When Lana Del Rey moved to New York at the age of 18, she continued doing music for fun. She went to Fordham University when she was 19 and she decided on to get involved with volunteer work. It was when she started that she realized she had the options of either becoming a singer or social worker and so she chose the former.
Lana began her career in 2005. She released an EP Kill Kill (2008) as Lizzy Grant and then she later released an album, Lana Del Ray. Her breakthrough came in 2011 when she uploaded “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans” to her YouTube channel. In 2012 she released her next album, Born to Die which became a huge success followed by Ultraviolence (2014), Honeymoon (2015), Lust for Life (2017), and Norman Fucking Rockwell (2019).
She has sold millions of copies of her albums and has won many awards including Brit Awards and MTV Europe Music Awards.
Since her break with Video Games in 2011, Lana Del Rey has gone on to achieve so much which has helped her in amassing a net worth that is estimated at $14 million. She made a large fortune from her career as a singer while also netting in some more fortune from other things she is involved with including films.
Looking at her love side of things, the Video Games singer has dated a number of men in the past. One of her most known relationships was with her former boyfriend Barrie-James O’Neill who is a member of Kassidy rock band.
The two dated from 2011 until 2014 before they parted ways. The next person she was linked to was the rapper G-Eazy although nothing came out of it.
Lana Del Rey has been a story of so much change that at a point, she was considered a scam. She started her career as Lizzy Grant and after she flopped, she changed her name to Lana Del Rey and then came back as something new and was accepted.
The question on who she actually is, came again in 2012 when she performed live on SNL. The performance was judged by some as the worst performance in SNL history. Beyond the change in her music as Lizzy and Lana, there was also some changes in her appearance.
Because of the differences in the appearance of Lizzy and Del Rey, the speculations began that she had probably had injections or even plastic surgery. This was, however, strongly denied by the singer who insisted that she was quite pouty.