While she didn’t take home any awards, Lana Del Rey, FCRH ’08, made her presence felt at the Grammys on Sunday night.

Del Rey was nominated for five awards, including Album of the Year for her 2023 release, Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd. That award went to Taylor Swift’s Midnights, which featured Del Rey as a guest vocalist and co-writer on the track “Snow on the Beach.”

Swift brought Del Rey on stage with her after winning that final award of the night, and during her speech, she praised her friend and collaborator: “I think so many female artists would not be where they are and would not have the inspiration they have if it weren’t for the work that she’s done,” Swift said. “I think she’s a legacy artist, a legend, and in her prime right now.”

Along with Album of the Year, Del Rey was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album, Song of the Year and Best Alternative Music Performance (both for “A&W”), and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (for “Candy Necklace,” which featured Jon Batiste). In addition, Jack Antonoff took home the Producer of the Year (Non-Classical) award for his work on both Del Rey’s and Swift’s albums.

The kind of fellow artist support Del Rey received from Swift harks back to an interview and performance she recorded at Fordham’s WFUV in late 2011—just before the release of Born to Die, her major-label debut. Speaking with host Rita Houston, she called herself naturally nervous but said that praise from peers at open-mic nights and early shows helped boost her confidence.

Now, with peers including some of the biggest music stars in the world, Del Rey’s impact as an artist only continues to grow. You can catch her headlining Coachella in April, and she recently teased that her next album, Lasso, will be released in September.

Lana Del Rey and Rita Houston at the WFUV studio in 2011. Del Rey is wearing a WFUV hoodie and has her arm around Houston.
Lana Del Rey with Rita Houston at WFUV in December 2011, when she performed a three-song set in Studio A. Listen to the interview and live performance. Photo by Joe Grimaldi, FCRH ’06, courtesy of WFUV