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LANA BRINGS "NORMY" TO THE GRAMMY MUSEUM

Sunday night at the Grammy Museum, Lana Del Rey took center stage to offer an inside look behind the creative process that led to her critically acclaimed LP Norman Fucking Rockwell! (Interscope).

Chatting with Museum moderator Scott Goldman, Lana divulged to the crowd of Grammy peers, industry heavyweights—including Interscope boss John Janick and Grammy Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich—and a few diehard fans what was different about the making of her fifth studio album. She confirmed that Rockwell's distinct Laurel Canyon sound was inspired by Southern California, which she name-checks generously throughout the record. She pointed to living in the Canyon with her sister for a few years, as well as her time as a beach bum, as foundations of her lifestyle, which she chronicles daily in her journals. 

Lana was adamant that everything she writes is derived directly from her life. "Normy," as she refers to it, vividly captures modern, West Coast Americana. Producer/co-writer Jack Antonoff's instrumentation perfectly complements Lana's writing and captures Rockwell's California sound, making it a Grammy Album of the Year contender. 

The two collaborators recalled jamming in the studio, Lana's "two-track" system of recording Antonoff riffing on the piano with her phone, only to go home and record vocals over her favorite chord progressions on a second phone and bonding over talking shit.

Del Rey named the title track as her favorite, while Antonoff chose "The Greatest." But it was clear during their intimate duets that every track they created on the album is striking and special. 

Lana performed "Norman Fucking Rockwell," "Bartender" and "Mariners Apartment Complex" with her band, followed by an a cappella cover of Joni Mitchell's "For Free" with Zella Day and Weyes Blood

Antonoff returned to perform a pair of mesmerizing songs with Lana: a piano rendition of "How to Disappear" and a telescoped version of 10-minute dream-gaze standout "Venice Bitch." 

Photos courtesy of the Recording Academy™/photo by Rebecca Sapp, Getty Images © 2019

 

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