December 9, 2011 8:02

Lana Del Rey: 'I was inspired by Nirvana's Kurt Cobain'

'I thought he was the most beautiful person I'd ever seen,' says singer

Lana Del Rey: 'I was inspired by Nirvana's Kurt Cobain'

Photo: Tom Martin/NME

Lana Del Rey has revealed that her main musical inspiration is Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.

In an interview with Sirius FM, the 'Video Games' songstress said she had grown up idolising the grunge icon and admired his uncompromising attitude.

Del Rey – who will release her debut album 'Born To Die' on January 30 – said: “When I was 11, I saw Kurt Cobain singing 'Heart Shaped Box' on MTV and it really stopped me dead in my tracks. I thought he was the most beautiful person I had ever seen. Even at a young age, I really related to his sadness.

She went on to add:

I never revisited his music again until I was about 17 or 18, and then when I did, it still meant just as much to me then. It's continued to be my primary inspiration – in terms of not wanting to compromise lyrically or sonically.


Del Rey, who became a YouTube sensation with the low-budget video for her track 'Video Games' and scored a Top Ten hit with the single last month, has opted to release the title track of 'Born To Die' as her next single on January 23.

The song's video, which the singer has revealed will feature a tiger, is set to be released in the coming weeks. You can listen to the track on NME.COM by scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking.

Last month, NME went along to Lana Del Rey's first ever UK gig at Manchester's Ruby Lounge. To find out what we made of the show, visit NME.COM/blogs.

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