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By Deepa Lakshmin
“This has been the most magical yr of my life,” Olivia Rodrigo talked about in her first-ever Video Song Awards acceptance speech Sunday night (September 12) at Brooklyn’s Barclays Heart, dedicating the award to “all of the ladies who write songs on their bed room floor.” She used to be taking home the Moonperson for Song of the 300 and sixty five days for her legend-breaking smash hit “Drivers License,” but small did she know she’d be abet on stage soon after as the 2021 Simplest New Artist.
The Sour singer-songwriter and VMA performer has, certainly, had a banner yr with heaps of chart-topping singles and a debut album that showcases her expertise and expertise as an artist. Though the LP is packed with coming-of-age stories and teenage memories, the uncooked authenticity and emotion on the abet of each and each chorus and bridge be pleased captured the hearts of fans throughout generations. From the relatable angst of “Brutal” to the catharsis of “Factual 4 U” to the bittersweet “Hope Ur Good adequate,” her tune captures the messiness and charm of being alive, falling interior and exterior of fancy with others and along with your self. As she advised previously advised MTV Recordsdata, Sour reflects a time of her life when “everything that I had that used to be, like, surely superior and staunch in my life went surely bitter.”
Varied Simplest New Artist nominees integrated The Kid Laroi, Saweetie, 24kGoldn, Giveon, and Polo G — all rising artists making a title for themselves and crafting art that speaks their truth and resonates with tens of millions of fans. The charm of the Simplest New Artist class is that it’s no longer upright about what the nominees be pleased finished already; it’s a testomony to the enduring impact their future work would possibly per chance perchance per chance be pleased on the tune alternate and past. Doja Cat, who nabbed Push Simplest New Artist on the 2020 VMAs, went on to host this yr’s awards bid and continues to accomplish upon her breakout success.
In her Simplest New Artist acceptance speech, Rodrigo thanked her fans for helping her procure to the place she is on the present time, besides fellow Simplest New Artist nominee The Kid Laroi: “I need to thank Laroi furthermore, who inspires me on every day foundation to be a greater artist. I like him a lot. I upright feel so grateful that I procure to write tune and originate stuff that I like and contact it my job, so thanks guys again for letting me attain that.”
That’s the dream for heaps of artists, along with the kids with substantial hearts pouring themselves into songs scrawled of their childhood bedrooms, so it appears to be like to be fitting to discontinue this with some songwriting advice Rodrigo shared with MTV Recordsdata earlier this yr when she used to be named the MTV Push artist for Might perchance even simply. “I surely mediate that more or much less forcing your self to write a tune usually is fully counseled,” she talked about. “I mediate you should perchance per chance no longer depend on these lightning bolts of tips to strike you the total time.” Cast off bid, songwriters, and perchance finally you’ll be pleased your have magical yr.
The 2021 VMAs aired stay on MTV from Barclays Heart in Brooklyn. Obtain the chunky list of winners tantalizing right here and preserve up with all of the night’s finest VMA moments!