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Watch Molly Kate Kestner cover Lana Del Rey at a reconstructed CBGB

This is a lot to wrap your head around, but it actually happened: Molly Kate Kestner, the Minnesota singer-songwriter who had a massive viral hit with last year’s “His Daughter,” has covered Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful” on the CBGB set at YouTube Space New York. The set features walls, a cash register, and a phone booth saved when the legendary club CBGB closed in 2006.

Kestner, a native of Austin, is currently a freshman at North Central University in Minneapolis. Though she’s talked with labels about a record deal, last fall she told me her first priority is to stay grounded and focus on her education. Below, watch her sing Del Rey’s acclaimed song from The Great Gatsby.