There's really no specific word to describe the kind of year Olivia Rodrigo has had. Surreal, mind-blowing, incredible all can't contain how much of a rollercoaster Olivia has had in her career so far. To top off all the recognitions and awards she gathered so far, Time Magazine names Olivia Rodrigo as Entertainer of the Year!
The feature creatively showcases Olivia's young and spunky personality, but yet a soul that gravitates to the old. She talks about her success and how it's been a whirlwind ride since the debut of "Drivers License." Can you believe it's only been a few months since SOUR came out which made her a new benchmark in music! From there, she snagged 7 Grammy nominations, named Spotify's most streamed album in the world, and visited the White House. On top of all that she has an upcoming 41-city tour, which if you were lucky to get tickets...well done!
Time said Olivia "has a gift for picking the best of the past" and making it cool again. From the sad lyrics to the teen angst vibes her song conveys, Olivia has struck chords with audiences of any age because of all the emotion. Some of us have felt and gone through it, some of us are living it, while some of us are preparing for it. Her music has been one of the most relatable feelings we've had in the past year. We all needed a good cry.
It may have been a fast rise to success but we forget that she's only 18 years old. She just got her drivers license and may have a place of her own, but she's still so youthful. Her career has been building up to this from her Disney days to finding the right role in the High School Musical reboot that combined her love for acting and singing.
Now, songwriting is her main priority. Olivia still wants to act but “songwriting is the thing I take most seriously in my life. It's the most personally gratifying too,” she says. However, surprisingly the feature mentions she'll be back for Season 3 of the High School Musical series. With how the season ended, it was questionable as art imitated reality and her character met with a label to become a songwriter.
One of the highlights of the interview was showing how open she is as a person. Olivia doesn't hold back as she tries to form her own identity. Her music shows all of her sides from messy to vulnerable to unapologetic. Music that she created with inspiration from other artists she looks up to that gets repurposed to fit in to today's sound. “Young women are constantly compared to each other. I’m the ‘new this’...I’m just Olivia. I’m doing my own thing. It’s meaningful when people recognize that.” Her music is her own, but it also transports us back to nostalgia. She's definitely like the cooler younger cousin you wish you could have been when you were younger.
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