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The Year in Lana Del Rey

In 12 short months the divisive singer lived, died, and was reborn again

From the outset, 2012 offered few figures as divisive as Lana Del Rey. Some saw her as a desperate, pre-fab “indie” marketing creation. Others were enamored with her glamorous aura and lush, languorous music. By the end of the year, though, much of the initial indignation toward the self-styled “gangsta Nancy Sinatra” had faded away. No one rode the hype-backlash roller coaster with more élan than LDR. This was her year.

Don’t miss: Deconstructing Lana Del Rey & our review of Born to Die.

Find all of SPIN’s 2012 Year in Music coverage here!