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Lana Del Rey Talks 'SNL' Performance: 'There's Backlash About Everything I Do'

The singer releases her latest album on Tuesday via Interscope Records after a polarizing performance on the late night sketch comedy show.

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Nicole Nodland

It seems as though everyone has an opinion when it comes to Lana Del Rey and her headline-making performance on Saturday Night Live.

Except, of course, for the woman in question.

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In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Del Rey kept relatively tight-lipped about her small screen debut. The singer described the overall experience as just "OK," while acknowledging that "People don't have anything nice to say about this project."

"The cast and crew said they loved it," she said of her Jan. 14th performance. "I know some people didn't like it, but that's just the way I perform, and my fans know that."

Asked whether she feels comfortable onstage, Del Rey replied: "I'm nervous. I'm not a natural performer of exhibitionist. When I was younger, I hated the focus, and it made me feel strange."

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Del Rey performed "Video Games" off her upcoming Interscope release, Born to Die, which is due out on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Amid all the recently controversy, Del Rey still managed to earn her place in the upcoming SXSW lineup.

"There's backlash about everything I do. It's nothing new," she continued about the outspoken opinions filling the media and Twitterverse. "When I walk outside, people have something to say about it. It wouldn't have mattered if I was absolutely excellent. People don't have anything nice to say about this project. I'm sure that's why you're writing about it."

Doing his best to reassure her, Rolling Stone's Austin Scaggs insisted that he is a big fan of the song "Radio," though an excerpt from the mag's album review is not so friendly. Fellow reviewers appear equally as harsh, but the singer, whose real name is Lizzy Grant, still plans to re-release her 13-track indie effort titled Lana Del Ray A.K.A. Lizzy Grant by summer.

What do you think? Are the critics being too harsh on Del Rey? Or should she pursue a different career path?