Thursday, December 16, 2021

Olivia Rodrigo is Time Magazine's Entertainer of the Year

I've covered Time Magazine's Person of the Year, Heroes of the Year, and Athlete of the Year. It's time to wrap this series up with TIME Entertainer of the Year: Olivia Rodrigo.

Her rise to pop stardom was swift and definitive: it started on Jan. 8, when Rodrigo, already a Disney actor with an audience, released her first single, “Drivers License,” a torch song that took off on TikTok and stirred up theories about who inspired it. By Jan. 23, she became the youngest solo artist ever to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, where her song stayed for eight weeks.

Any questions about whether Rodrigo could repeat the success of “Drivers License” were put to rest when she released Sour on May 21. The album, scruffier than the symmetrical, beat-driven music that tends to dominate pop culture, announced her as a serious artist. With moody, confessional lyrics that added chapters to the story told in “Drivers License,” Sour offered something we needed after more than a year of unending distress: an outlet for anger and permission to cry. Hailed by critics, it also continued Rodrigo’s streak of smashing records: with approximately 385 million streams, Sour became Spotify’s most popular release by a female artist in its first week.

After dropping her music in pandemic-era isolation, Rodrigo sang at multiple awards shows, earned seven Grammy nominations—including Best New Artist, and Song, Record and Album of the Year—and was revealed to have the most-streamed album and song of the year around the world on Spotify. Somewhere along the way, she even appeared at the White House with President Joe Biden to encourage young people to get vaccinated. And on Dec. 6, she announced a 41-city tour for 2022.
I am glad Rodrigo is using her star power to help fight the pandemic.

Rodrigo's seven Grammy nominations include Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Drivers License," Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for "Sour," Best Music Video for "Good 4 U," and Best New Artist. To celebrate Rodrigo's honor and nominations, I'm embedding her Grammy-nominated video, Olivia Rodrigo - good 4 u (Official Video).

Music video by Olivia Rodrigo performing good 4 u.

I know this is as much a character as it is her, but after watching this video, I don't think I want to piss her off.

I close this post and the series as whole with Rodrigo's cover.

Congratulations and good luck!

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