Billboard Girls in Music honored executives, artists and energy gamers within the music business on Wednesday night time (March 1) on the YouTube Theater in Los Angeles. Along with Lady of the 12 months SZA and Government of the 12 months Sylvia Rhone, Lana Del Rey was feted with the Visionary Award — which was introduced to her by 2022’s Billboard Lady of the 12 months Olivia Rodrigo.
Right here’s Del Rey’s full acceptance speech.
“We made it. Properly, I’m not a lot of speech individual both. Olivia Rodrigo – I actually don’t deserve her giving me this glorious award. She’s so endlessly glamorous and proficient I can not let you know how a lot it signifies that somebody who wrote ‘Drivers License’ is standing subsequent to me. Thanks, John Janick [CEO, Interscope] for giving me the friendship of Olivia and likewise Billie [Eilish] and all of the fantastic artists on the label. Thanks Carole Kinzel for being right here with me and my besties Jen Stith and Alex Kaye, who choreographs my present.
“And, okay, deep breath. I don’t see SZA, however I wish to say, SZA, from the minute I heard you I knew I wished to know you. Congratulations. Properly, nicely deserved on being Lady of the 12 months. To Rose, staggeringly wonderful. Kim, congratulations. I’m so glad I bought the meet the vloggers who bought me by COVID – Remi Ashten, Ali and Alicia Marie.
“I’m gonna get near the mic as a result of I’m actually, actually quiet. I believe the phrase ‘visionary’ might have been exchanged with any phrase whenever you’re up right here. However if you happen to have been questioning, for my followers, I don’t precisely have a long-term imaginative and prescient, in any respect. However if you happen to have been curious, I’m very, very blissful to be a feminine singer, that could be a fantastic feat.
“When I released my first album 14 years ago, the waters were not quite as warm. So I’m really happy for everyone who feels like it’s a wonderful time in the culture to be themselves and to express themselves. It didn’t feel that way in 2008 and I’m so grateful to be in the best company I’ve ever been in. Thank you. I feel like being happy is the ultimate. So I did it. Thank you, Billboard.”
Lana Del Rey’s subsequent album, Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Underneath Ocean Blvd, comes out March 24.