In 2013, Lana Del Rey joined forces with hit maker Rick Nowels to create ‘Young and Beautiful’, a song used for the soundtrack of Baz Luhrmann film The Great Gatsby. It was received well with various nominations at the time release which included Best Song Written for Visual Media at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.
Del Rey’s iconic haunting tones can be heard in this isolated version of the track, an alternative take on a song that follows the story of a young lover’s apprehension about the theme of love and whether it is lasting.
The song was not without its controversy at the time, a reported ‘outraged’ from fans after the Academy Awards overlooked Del Rey for an Oscar nomination that year. A report from Time Magazine at the time discussed speculation Del Rey’s effort was “sabotaged” rather than simply missing out on merit.
In spite of whether the track was actually snubbed or not, the song emerged as Del Rey’s most commercially successful song since her debut ‘Video Games’ in 2011 which, at the time, peaked at 22 in the Billboard Hot 100.
You can listen to the dulcet tones of Del Rey below and appreciate how silky her vocals sound on this isolated track.