By Deepa Lakshmin
Every 12 months, the Grammy Awards shine a lightweight on up-and-coming expertise price holding your eyes on (and ears open for). In the previous decade, the Best 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), Sour promenade queen Olivia Rodrigo joined this corridor of fame shortly after opening the massive night time with a glowing performance of “Drivers License.”
Meg and Dua appropriately introduced her with the award, passing down the glory they loved themselves. There’s little question that Rodrigo’s breakout single skyrocketed her music profession, however Best New Artist isn’t a couple of 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 finest is but to come back. This 12 months’s nominees — Arooj Aftab, Jimmie Allen, Baby Keem, Finneas, Glass Animals, Japanese Breakfast, The Kid Laroi, Arlo Parks, and Saweetie, along with Rodrigo — all stay as much as that hype.
“This is my biggest dream come true,” Rodrigo mentioned in her acceptance speech, occurring to thank her group, producer and collaborator Dan Nigro, her dad and mom, and her associates Conan Gray, Iris Apatow, and Madison Hu.
In addition to creating 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: Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year. This isn’t her first finest new artist win, both. At the 2021 Video Music Awards, she snagged the identical title. Around the time her debut album Sour got here out in May 2021, the identical month she was named MTV’s Push artist, she opened up about her artistic course of.
“I just hope that people see bits of themselves in my songwriting, hopefully, or sort of become engrossed in the stories I’m telling,” she said, “because those are my favorite songs to listen 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 “Enough For You,” the torment of “Jealousy, Jealousy,” the ache of “Traitor” — you get the thought. Sour paperwork the twists and turns of rising up, and I believe it’s protected to say this finest new artist’s music will proceed to make us really feel all the sentiments.
Stay tuned for continued protection of the ceremony, and discover the record of winners right here.