Best Chanteuse: Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey started uncertainly, maybe because she was kicking off her American tour, maybe because she was really jonesing for a smoke. But halfway through her set, on the song "West Coast," she got into her NyQuil groove, claiming her place in the tradition of chilled-out modern torch singers like Hope Sandoval and Beth Orton. By the time she did "Video Games," she had gotten that cigarette and the crowd sang along unprompted. She finished with "National Anthem," going into the crowd to collect their gifts of flowers — which means that fans brought flowers to Coachella and carried them around all day — and strode offstage as if she had been the headliner for the whole weekend.