Brian Williams Calls Lana Del Rey SNL Performance “One Of The Worst Outings In SNL History”

Corban Goble | January 16, 2012 - 12:48 pm

NBC news anchor/indie rock enthusiast Brian Williams and Gawker chief Nick Denton are friends, apparently, and over the weekend he e-mailed a critique of the site’s coverage, or lack thereof, to Denton. An excerpt:

… I do wish the main page featured more TV coverage (Brooklyn hippster [sic] Lana Del Rey had one of the worst outings in SNL history last night — booked on the strength of her TWO SONG web EP, the least-experienced musical guest in the show’s history, for starters). In my humble opinion as a loyal customer (you know I love you but the Blog View button will be the eventual cause of my death) and while I know you’re in the midst of an editor change, weekends have been allowed to go awfully fallow — and it was a fallow holiday period for those of us who check your shit 10 times a day by iphone. I know you’ve been watching NBC Nightly News religiously each evening and I’ll no doubt be getting a withering, detailed critique from you straight away.

(via Gawker)

Here’s the performance; let’s just say that if the commenters were all just fake accounts set up by Brian Williams, it wouldn’t have changed the discourse too greatly. Also, as we mentioned in that post, Natalie Imbruglia also played SNL before her debut LP was released, so, yeah, there’s some precedent. As for me, because I’ve been rooting for Lana since we started covering her — she’s in way too deep, but I think she has potential — please excuse me for saying that I’m already torn.