Everything about Lana Del Rey seems so West Coast, from the flower crowns and floral dresses worn by her breathless acolytes to, well, her Dan Auerbach-produced ballad “West Coast.” But Lana Del Rey was born in Miami, or “Lana Del Rey” was born in Miami, where the former Elizabeth Woolridge “Lizzy” Grant, raised in upstate New York, chose the name that would make her a pop star.
“My sister and I were spending a lot of time in Miami,” Del Rey says in an MTV video rolling around the internet. “We have a lot of friends there from Cuba and we were going out at night. … I knew that I wanted a name that sounded sort of exotic and reminded me of the seaside and the Floridian coast. And Lana Del Rey sounded beautiful to me.”
One thing that pop music in 2017 taught us is that if you have the music — Del Rey’s potent blend of soulful pop, for example — an audience will find you no matter if you call yourself Lizzy Grant or Ed Sheeran.
A big weekend looms for Del Rey in advance of her Thursday, Feb. 1, performance at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, as she is among a strong list of nominees in the Best Pop Vocal Album category at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night for her sultry collection “Lust for Life.”
Other nominees in the field, so deep it is one of only two 2018 Grammy categories with six acts, include Coldplay (“Kaleidoscope”), Kesha (“Rainbow”), Imagine Dragons (“Evolve”), Lady Gaga (“Joanne”) and Ed Sheeran (“÷”).
With a diverse set of collaborators, including everyone from the Weeknd and A$AP Rocky to Stevie Nicks and Sean Lennon, “Lust for Life” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Along with the title track, BB&T Center fans can expect to hear new songs such as “Love,” “Coachella-Woodstock in My Mind,” “Summer Bummer” and “Groupie Love,” along with older favorites including “Summertime Sadness,” “Video Games” and "Young and Beautiful."
When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1. Colombian-American singer Kali Uchis is the opening act.
Where: BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise
Contact: 800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster.com