What Lana Del Rey Says About Younger Singers Like Ariana Grande and Billie Eilish Might Surprise You

Singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey released a new album titled Norman F*cking Rockwell earlier this year, receiving praise from critics and fans. It’s been a busy past few months for Del Rey; the moody-vibes singer also collaborated with Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus on a song for the new Charlie’s Angels movie called “Don’t Call Me Angel.” The video for the song dropped last month.

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Del Rey lives for pop queen Ariana Grande

Lana Del Rey knows what it feels like to have haters, after the Internet harshly critiqued (and meme-d) her shaky first performance on Saturday Night Live. Del Rey’s fellow “Don’t Call Me Angel” singer Ariana Grande has also received her fair share of online shame, like when Twitter trolls ghoulishly blamed her for Mac Miller’s death.

That’s why it’s nice to see female artists building each other up, the way Del Rey does every chance she gets with Grande.

She told the New York Times, “I really, really like Ariana.”

The vintage-aesthetic musician couldn’t stop praising Grande’s singing and songwriting talent, admitting she’d “been listening to ‘Dangerous Woman’ a lot.”

“Ariana’s choices of intonation, it might not be traditional, but it’s very good,” the singer explained. “And then ‘Thank U, Next’ came out and I freaking loved that record. Every song, I was like, how did she write that?”

Eventually, Del Rey got a hold of Ariana’s number and said, they “would chat.”

All of this made Lana Del Rey’s decision to join the Charlie’s Angels title song a no-brainer.

Del Rey recalled, “I was like, ‘All right, if you really want me to!'”

The “Summertime Sadness” singer heaped more praise on Grande at the Grammys Museum show for Del Rey’s new album. She admires that Grande is “very good at not thinking twice,” as opposed to Del Rey who admits she’s “very much in [her] head.”

Del Rey went on to rave that Grande is “very much in her body … She’s just super fast and on fire all the time.”

Lana Del Rey lifts up her fellow female artists, regardless of age

Del Rey also told press at the Grammys Museum performance that it was “awesome” that younger stars looked up to her.

“I do feel like we’re moving in the right direction,” she told Harper’s Bazaar in February. “I think the music business knows the value of its female singers.”

The singer seems refreshingly unbothered by the outdated notion of Hollywood stars being threatened by younger performers, especially young women.

Del Rey showered her love on yet another young woman in pop music in her New York Times interview, admitting, “I love Billie Eilish.”

“I feel like I’ve been waiting for this time in pop-music culture,” Del Rey said of Eilish’s haunting and deeply personal music. “I can tell if a female pop singer, for instance, has a generosity of spirit or a playful fire in her heart.”

Billie Eilish more than passes her test.

“She’s prodigious,” Del Rey raved. “I needed to hear one line of one melody and I just know.”

Lana Del Rey said she sees that younger female artists are influenced by her music. But she feels “good” about it, rather than bothered by it. “I just notice it and I like it.”

“I like my own music,” Del Rey said with a laugh.

Del Rey reveals what it was like to make the Charlie’s Angels song with Ariana and Miley

“The song’s really cute. It’s really cool,” Del Rey told told Kevin Manno at 104.3MYFM this past August about the Grande-Cyrus-Del-Rey-collaboration, titled “Don’t Call Me Angel.”

She also described the process of the song’s creation.

“When I first heard it obviously I wasn’t on it, it was just Ariana’s parts,” she explained. “I kind of cut her verse into a halftime bridge and just sang some stuff over her choruses … and then Miley jumped on.”

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Lana Del Rey appeared thrilled to have worked with the giant pop stars.

“It’s just a really … spicy little track,” Del Rey said with a grin.