Marina Lambrini Diamandis, known professionally as Marina and the Diamonds, is a Welsh singer-songwriter. Diamandis was born in Brynmawr in Wales, and grew up in the nearby village of Pandy. She has one older sister, Lafina Diamandis. She moved to London as a teenager to become a professional singer, despite having little formal musical experience. In 2009, Diamandis came to prominence upon placing second in the BBC’s Sound of 2010.
Diamandis has described herself as an “indie artist with pop goals” and often analyses components of human behaviour in her music. She is additionally recognised for her retro, surreal and cartoonish fashion styles, and has been described as an artist with a cult following, and a gay icon. She has been physically compared to her friend and label mate Charli XCX. In March 2016, the two feuded over Charli XCX’s photoshoot which Diamandis considered to be derivative of her own image on Froot.