Olivia Rodrigo expressed gratitude for the feminine artists who paved the way in which as she accepted the girl of the 12 months award at Billboard’s annual Girls in Music occasion on March 2. Sheryl Crow offered the award to the 19-year-old singer and mentioned her 11-year-old son was jamming out to “Good 4 U” and “Drivers License” the night time earlier than the ceremony. Crow expressed being “blown away” by Rodrigo’s early success. “After I got here up, ladies had been struggling to be the architects of their very own careers,” she mentioned.
As she accepted the award, Rodrigo instructed Crow she was a “large fan” of her songwriting. The “Bitter” artist continued, “It is not all the time simple being a younger lady within the music trade, however I’ve discovered a lot power from the feminine songwriters who’ve come earlier than me and paved the way in which and opened doorways for thus many younger ladies like me.”
The hitmaker then turned her consideration to younger aspiring songwriters who’ve moved her with their “vulnerability and your creativity and bravado.” Rodrigo mentioned, “I promise everybody right here immediately is working to make this world and this trade a greater place for you.” See her full speech under.
Forward of the Billboard occasion, Rodrigo spoke with the outlet about plans for her sophomore album. “I’ve a title for my subsequent album and some songs,” Rodrigo mentioned. “It is actually thrilling to consider the following world that is arising for me. I simply love writing songs. I am making an attempt to not put an excessive amount of stress on myself. [I want to] simply kind of discover and have enjoyable proper now.” She additionally revealed that her “Bitter” collaborator Dan Nigro is once more by her facet for her follow-up to the Grammy-nominated album.