'Video Games' singer defends her invitation to appear on iconic sketch show

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Lana Del Rey has defended her forthcoming appearance on iconic US series ‘Saturday Night Live’, saying her invitation is not a fluke.

Normally only more established artists are asked to appear on the show. Radiohead, for example, kicked off the most-recent run of the programme last year.

Speaking to MTV USA, the singer, who releases her debut album ‘Born To Die’ later this month, said: “I don’t think they’ve ever had anyone perform who didn’t even have a record out, so I do appreciate it.”

She added:

But I got it because I’m a good musician. And I may not have a record out now, but I have been singing for a very long time, and I think that [‘SNL’ creator] Lorne Michaels knows that, and everyone over there knows that. It’s not a fluke decision.

“It’s not a traditional choice for ‘Saturday Night Live,’ especially because the content of the record is different; it’s not pop,” she continued. “But they’re also having… Bon Iver, so again, not the most traditional choice.”

Del Rey went on to say she’s less concerned with whether she’s ready to appear on ‘SNL’ or not than not making a mistake during her performance. The show is regularly watched by more than seven million viewers, with numerous repeats and, of course, clips on YouTube watched by millions all over the world.

“You just think to yourself, ‘Don’t fuck up’,” she said. “And that’s it. That’s all you ever think with live television. You hope that it goes well, and I’m just going to put my dress on, there’s going to be a spotlight, I got this amazing band I’ve worked with this year, they’ll be there.”

She went on to say she will perform ‘Video Games’ and another song, yet to be decided.

‘Born To Die’ will be released on January 30.