American musician and self-described "gangsta Nancy Sinatra," Lana Del Rey has won the honor for International Breakthrough Act at the 2012 BRIT Award Show, held in London's O2 Arena.
The "Video Games" singer-songwriter nabbed the prestigious award for her debut album, "Born to Die," besting fellow American acts, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver.
The BRIT awards have been taking place in the UK every year since 1977, when a little band called The Beatles picked up three statues for their body of work. Past winners have included Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Seal, Bjork, Blur, Dido, Coldplay and Lady Gaga.
Lana said in her acceptance speech: "This award means much more to me than you know and I just want to say that without the support from everyone in the UK I would be lost. I love you. And thank you to my managers and everyone at Interscope. Thank you."
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The enigmatic singer was born Elizabeth Woolridge Grant in New York City, but grew up upstate in Lake Placid, New York. Her musical career took off when her 2010 E.P. "Lana Del Rey a.k.a. Lizzie Grant" received a strong reception from indie music critics across the U.S. The 25-year-old songstress cites Britney Spears, Elvis Presley and Kurt Cobain as her most significant musical influences.
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