Lana Del Rey Fans Say Billie Eilish Didn’t Invent ‘Sad Girl Pop’

The Grammy Awards’ organizing committee wrote a blog post last week titled “The Psychology Of “Sad Girl” Pop: Why Music By Billie Eilish, Gracie Abrams, Olivia Rodrigo & More Is Resonating So Widely,”. It discussed how “sad girl” pop has changed over the past three decades and how Eilish helped make it popular with Gen Z.

One stan account made the error of attributing its creation to the singer of Happier Than Ever, other artists’ supporters came together to refute the claim, and they didn’t hold back their rage.

Fans of “sad girl” pop such as Fiona Apple, Lana Del Rey, and Alanis Morissette were among the outraged on social media. They quickly corrected them by claiming that these ladies, among other famous singers, had created the foundation for this sound back in the 1990s. 

Of course, many others cited artists like Avril Lavigne, Lorde, Michelle Branch, Taylor Swift, Sinéad O’Connor, and Marina and the Diamonds as instances of the long history of the subgenre.

Fans Reacting on Twitter

One fan group, the Lana Del Rey Cult, was particularly offended by the tweet and flooded the comments with responses claiming that the “Summertime Sadness” singer was the true “OG” of “sad girl” pop.

“i don’t have nothing against billie, but this should’ve been lana’s title, not hers,” as one critic wrote, while another laughed, “creating??? she did not create s*** lol?”

“I’m a huge Billie Stan but this is so unfair Lana created it back in 2014 with Ultraviolence,” another fan posted on Twitter. “Billie maybe made it more popular but she didn’t create it. Granted, they did try to mediate, “Their [sic] both musical geniuses tho so don’t fight about it.” a third fan added.

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