Lana Del Rey has received her fair share of criticism throughout her rise to the top of the charts — but she hasn’t let it get her down.
Del Rey’s early career was marked by accusations of cultural appropriation after she made several music videos that portrayed stereotypical characteristics of Native American and Latinx communities. Her creative choices came under fire once more in May 2020 after she shared a lengthy note via Instagram defending her fixation on themes that seem anti-feminist to some listeners.
“Now that Doja Cat, Ariana [Grande], Camila [Cabello], Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, f–king, cheating etc – can I please go back to singing about being embodied, feeling beautiful by being in love even if the relationship is not perfect, or dancing for money – or whatever I want – without being crucified or saying that I’m glamorizing abuse??????” the singer wrote at the time, adding that she was “fed up” with comments about her music when she’s just a “glamorous person” singing about the “realities” of “emotionally abusive relationships.”
Scroll down to look back at some of Del Rey’s biggest controversies: