By Deepa Lakshmin
Yearly, the Grammy Awards shine a lightweight on up-and-coming expertise price maintaining your eyes on (and ears open for). Previously decade, the Greatest New Artist gramophone has landed within the arms of Megan Thee Stallion, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Alessia Cara, and Sam Smith, to call a couple of. On Sunday (April 3), Bitter promenade queen Olivia Rodrigo joined this corridor of fame shortly after opening the large night time with a glowing efficiency of “Drivers License.”
Meg and Dua appropriately offered her with the award, passing down the distinction they loved themselves. There’s little question that Rodrigo’s breakout single skyrocketed her music profession, however Greatest New Artist isn’t a few single chart-topping hit. It’s as a lot an award as it’s a promise that these artists’ music careers are simply starting, and that their greatest is but to return. This 12 months’s nominees — Arooj Aftab, Jimmie Allen, Child Keem, Finneas, Glass Animals, Japanese Breakfast, The Child Laroi, Arlo Parks, and Saweetie, along with Rodrigo — all stay as much as that hype.
“That is my largest dream come true,” Rodrigo mentioned in her acceptance speech, occurring to thank her crew, producer and collaborator Dan Nigro, her dad and mom, and her buddies Conan Grey, Iris Apatow, and Madison Hu.
Along with making a sly cameo in a BTS spy mission — sorry, efficiency — Rodrigo was nominated for a whopping seven Grammys this 12 months, together with noms in all 4 main classes: Greatest New Artist, Album of the Yr, Music of the Yr, and Report of the Yr. This isn’t her first greatest new artist win, both. On the 2021 Video Music Awards, she snagged the identical title. Across the time her debut album Bitter got here out in Could 2021, the identical month she was named MTV’s Push artist, she opened up about her inventive course of.
“I simply hope that individuals see bits of themselves in my songwriting, hopefully, or kind of grow to be engrossed within the tales I am telling,” she mentioned, “as a result of these are my favourite songs to hearken to.”
Clearly, numerous individuals relate to her music, whether or not it’s the heartbreak of “Drivers License,” the nostalgia of “Deja Vu,” the angst of “Brutal,” the defiance of “Good 4 U,” the grief of “Sufficient For You,” the torment of “Jealousy, Jealousy,” the ache of “Traitor” — you get the thought. Bitter paperwork the twists and turns of rising up, and I feel it’s protected to say this greatest new artist’s music will proceed to make us really feel all the emotions.
Keep tuned for continued protection of the ceremony, and discover the checklist of winners right here.