The 2023 Billboard Women In Music Awards took place last night (March 1) and during the ceremony Lana Del Rey was presented with the Visionary Award. She was introduced by Olivia Rodrigo, who showered high praise on Del Rey and one of her songs in particular.
After rattling off some Del Rey stats (15 songs on the Hot 100 chart, eight Top 10 albums) and other bullet points, Rodrigo (who was named Woman of the Year at last year’s ceremony) said, “Lana has one whole generation of music lovers and songwriters like me and taught them that beauty lies in their vulnerability and strength in their melancholy.”
She continued, “The first song I ever heard Lana do was ‘Video Games,’ which…I still think that’s probably the best love song of all time. She captures sadness, anger and sensuality in a way only the greatest songwriters ever could.”
Rodrigo then concluded:
“But what I admire most about Lana, even more than her perfectly written albums, is her unwavering authenticity, her life-changing poetry and her voice from heaven. Lana has carved her own path throughout her career, raising the bar for herself and creating art that pushes boundaries and transforms lives. She has never sacrificed her unique voice and perspective on a world and an industry that constantly tries to pigeonhole people. And if that doesn’t make you a visionary, then I really don’t know what does.
She’s also just the coolest, nicest, nicest girl ever and Lana: I love you.
Watch Rodrigo Del Rey’s speech above. Also, watch Del Rey’s acceptance speech below.
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