Lana Del Rey was honored with the Visionary Award on the 2023 Billboard Girls in Music Awards on the YouTube Theater in Los Angeles on Wednesday (March 1). And final 12 months’s Girl of the Yr, Olivia Rodrigo, stopped by to introduce the trailblazing singer-songwriter.
Rodrigo, a chart-topping, award-winning famous person is simply 20 however she’s already packed in additional highlights than many would obtain in a full life. However tonight, it was all about Del Rey and the numerous and assorted presents she’s shared along with her followers.
“Lana has raised an entire generation of music lovers and songwriters like me,” Rodrigo enthused, “and taught them that there’s beauty in their vulnerability and power in their melancholy.”
Like many people, it was 2012’s “Video Games” that hooked-in Rodrigo. “I still consider that song to be probably the best love song of all time,” she defined. “She captures sadness, anger and sensuality in a way only the greatest of songwriters ever could.”
The greatness doesn’t finish with these “perfectly written albums, life-changing poetry and heavenly voice,” stated Rodrigo, praising the residing legend’s “unwavering authenticity.”
Billboard’s Visionary Award recipient, she continued, “has forged her own path, her entire career constantly raising the bar for herself and creating art that pushes boundaries and changes lives.”
Rodrigo, a three-time Grammy Award winner, is a type of followers who’s life is modified by Del Rey, for the higher.
Learn Olivia Rodrigo’s induction speech in full beneath.
Hey guys, I’m so grateful to be right here tonight celebrating so many unimaginable ladies. And I’m past honored to current the visionary award to somebody who couldn’t be extra deserving of it in the event that they tried, Miss Lana Del Rey.
Lana’s profession has spawned 15 Scorching 100 hits and eight consecutive prime 10 albums on the Billboard 200. She’s introduced equal ardour to poetry, images and movie, together with collaborations with soundtracks like “Big Eyes” and “The Great Gatsby.”
Extra essential than her misplaced checklist of accolades although, is the distinctive manner she impacts everybody who encounters her in her music. Lana has raised a whole era of music lovers and songwriters like me, and taught them that there’s magnificence of their vulnerability and energy of their melancholy.
The primary music that I ever heard of Lana’s was “Video Games.” I nonetheless take into account that music to be in all probability the perfect love music of all time. She captures unhappiness, anger and sensuality in a manner solely the best of songwriters ever may.
What I like most about Lana although, much more than her completely written albums, life-changing poetry and heavenly voice is her unwavering authenticity.
Lana has solid her personal path, her total profession continuously elevating the bar for herself and creating artwork that pushes boundaries and adjustments lives.
She by no means sacrificed her distinctive voice and perspective on a world and an trade that continuously tries to place individuals in a field. And if that doesn’t make you a visionary, I actually don’t know what does.
She’s additionally simply the best, kindest, nicest woman to ever exist, and Lana…I really like you.