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Lana Del Rey Nominated For Three Grammys; ‘Tropico’ Director Talks Shocking Short Film


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(Photo : Twitter/Lana Del Rey) A promo image for "Tropico."

Lana Del Rey has been nominated for three Grammys – her first-ever nominations.

Her “Paradise” EP is up for Best Pop Vocal Album, competing with Lorde’s “Pure Heroine,” Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox,” Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience: The Compete Experience.”

Del Rey’s song “Young and Beautiful,” from “The Great Gatsby” soundtrack, is up for Best Song Written For Visual Media, and will compete with Adele’s “Skyfall” from the James Bond movie of the same name, Coldplay’s “Atlas” from “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” Jessie J’s “Silver Lining” from “Silver Linings Playbook,” Regina Spektor’s “You’ve Got Time” from “Orange Is The New Black,” and Colbie Caillta’s “We Both Know,” featuring Gavin DeGraw, from “Safe Haven.”

“Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix),” which gave Del Rey her first Billboard Number 1, is up for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical. It will compete with “Days Turn Into Nights (Andy Caldwell Remix)” by Delerium featuring Michael Logen, “If I Lose Myself (Alesso Vs. OneRepublic),” “Locked Out Of Heaven (Sultan + Ned Shepard Remix)” by Bruno Mars, and “One Love/People Get Ready (Photek Remix)” by Bob Marley and the Wailers.

In other Del Rey news, director Anthony Mandler has opened up to Time about the shocking short film “Tropico.” The half-hour movie, released on December 5, features trippy, gritty shots of Los Angeles with Del Rey as a stripper.

“Generally, when we work together, I get these long, written-out character breakdowns and story breakdowns. Some of it is very well-thought out, some of it is kind of stream-of-conscious. So my role has been to come in and shake the tree and realign things and make it do-able,” Mandler said. “Lana has these really wide, vast landscapes that she lays out, but she definitely has a very strong vision about the world she wants to fill out. It is a very collaborative process, especially on the front end.”

“I think it’s a love story between two people and a love story about loving yourself,” Mandler said. “It is that classic idea about breaking trust or breaking something sacred and how you find it again. Okay, so they are abolished from the Garden of Eden: now what? How do we push that forward through the modern lens? [We're looking] at this sort of modern hell on earth that people live in: working in a convenience store, stripping for money, not doing much of anything. There’s that moment — and I love it that [Shaun's character] Adam does it — where he goes, ‘It’s not always going to be this way.’ The third act is about moving back to paradise and finding another Eden that’s not on Earth.”


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Reporter's Photo Dec 07, 2013 12:52 PM EST