Covering Nirvana may not be an easy task, but longtime fan Lana Del Rey took a shot at it during a performance on Thursday night.
Performing Nirvana’s 1993 hit “Heart-Shaped Box” in front of a crowd in Sydney, Australia, the singer switched the typically heavy-sounding grunge piece into a ballad featuring heavy string instrumentation and her trademark vocal style.
Del Rey has previously discussed the impact the song had on her when she was growing up. In an interview at a radio station in 2011, she said, “When I was 11, I saw Kurt Cobain singing ‘Heart Shaped Box’ on MTV and it really stopped me dead in my tracks. I thought he was the most beautiful person I had ever seen. Even at a young age, I really related to his sadness.”
While I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this cover, Del Rey certainly took a risk. Having recently released controversial music videos for “National Anthem” and “Summertime Sadness“, she seems to be full of surprises!