16 Amazing Olivia Rodrigo Moments From 2021

You know that song about a girl getting her driver’s license and her heart broken that you heard on a continuous loop for about a good three months?? Well, in case you’ve been living under a rock, that song is called “Drivers License” by the one and only Olivia Rodrigo.

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Just that one song was enough to skyrocket her into instant stardom almost overnight, and it was literally just the beginning of a massive 2021. Here are 16 of her biggest moments from this year:


Speaking of “Drivers License,” Rodrigo dropped the song just eight days into the new year, and it actually stopped the world. It broke several massive records, including being the first song in Spotify history to hit 80 million streams in seven days.

Along with that, “Drivers License” secured Rodrigo with her very first Billboard Hot 100 song when it debuted at number one, becoming the youngest solo artist ever to debut at number one — where she stayed for eight weeks.


Her debut album, Sour, came out earlier this year and, of course, broke record after record.

Not only was she nominated for seven awards, but she is now the second youngest artist, behind Billie Eilish, to receive a nomination in all four main categories — Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist.

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President Joe Biden invited her to speak at the White House to promote and encourage younger Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccination.

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During a behind-the-scenes video of her time at the White House, Olivia gave more insight on why young Americans should be getting vaccinated, despite not being at a greater risk.


She was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live for the first time in May and performed two of her biggest singles — “Drivers License” and “Good 4 U.”


She announced her first-ever tour, which starts next year and currently has 48 shows scheduled across the United States, Canada, and Europe.

SOUR TOUR IS FINALLY HAPPENING!!! with angels @gracieabrams @HolHumberstone and @babyqueen!! tix on sale Friday!!!!💗🎸💜🌈

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She performed her first-ever concert at the Las Vegas iHeartRadio Festival and absolutely rocked the house!

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She’s gotten praise from some huge names in the industry for the success of her album, including from her ultimate role model, Taylor Swift.

When “Drivers License” came out and was charting right alongside Taylor Swift’s deluxe Evermore tracks, Swift gave Rodrigo some sweet words of encouragement.

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She proceeded to comment on Olivia’s Instagram post about the success of her song and said, “I say that’s my baby, and I’m really proud.” 

This interaction was even more heartfelt because fans quickly noticed that phrase is one that Swift’s mother has often said to her. 


She attended her first-ever Met Gala and looked absolutely stunning while doing so.

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While doing her “Get Ready” video with Vogue, she spoke about her outfit for the night and how much she loved the look. 

“I think it’s really fun I’m not wearing a dress to my first Met,” she stated. “I just think it looks so rock and roll, yet so sophisticated.” 

She wore a punk-glam-inspired “cat suit” by Saint Laurent for her look.

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“I’m just a big fan of Saint Laurent. I think that their clothes are so punk-rock, yet feminine, and that’s something that I always try to achieve in my style and everyday life,” she said while she was getting ready for the big day. “I think they do that so well, and I just always think they’re pushing boundaries and doing really cool things. I feel really lucky to get to wear them to my first Met.”


This year, she has won plenty of awards, including an American Music Award, two People’s Choice Awards, and three Video Music Awards.

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Speaking of awards and accolades, Olivia was recently named Variety’s songwriter of the year.

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She was also named the 2021 Time Entertainer of the Year, at only age 18.

During her interview with Time, she spoke about her musical influences and how being a woman in the industry has been so far for her.

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“Young women are constantly compared to each other. I’m the ‘new this’ or ‘this woman meets that woman,’ and that can be reductive,” she said. “I’m just Olivia. I’m doing my own thing. It’s meaningful when people recognize that.”


She performed at the VMAs for the very first time and, of course, SMASHED IT!!!

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She was on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine with musical legend Alanis Morissette.

During the interview with Rolling Stone, the theme of heartbreak was mentioned, given that both Olivia and Alanis wrote their first albums about that universal experience.

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When asked why she thinks that experience is so universal and connects deeply with fans, she suspected that it’s because heartbreak is the deepest feeling humans feel. 

“I’ve never felt as deep a sadness as I did when I was truly, truly heartbroken and devastated. Putting ‘Drivers License’ out was such a unique experience because I’ve lived this sort of weird life. I grew up on set and didn’t go to school like everyone else did. I was like, ‘Are my songs going to be relatable?'” she stated. “And when I put out ‘Drivers License,’ I watched it just affect so many people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender or age. That was so magical for me, to not only see how universal that feeling was, but also how magical music can be, and it can take you back to a specific point in time.”


Finally, in an effort to celebrate the release of Sour, Olivia hosted a Sour prom live-concert event. The event was also a way for fans to have an all-inclusive high school prom experience, especially for those like her who didn’t get one.

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Since Olivia was homeschooled and didn’t have the “traditional” high school experience, she never got to go to prom, much like many high school students during the COVID-19 pandemic who also couldn’t have a prom.

Toby L, one of the directors of the film, spoke to Billboard about the experience and why it was so important to Olivia to do. 

“Olivia still wanted to partake, albeit in her own way,” he said. “We and Olivia really wanted to ensure it wasn’t quite like the typical prom or high school story.”

Well, there you have it! Of course, these are only 16 of her biggest moments, but if I listed them all, this post would probably never end since she’s had such a great year! So I can’t wait to see what big things she has planned for 2022!

The year is almost over, and we’re looking back on 2021. Check out more from the year here!

Source: BuzzFeed – Celebrity

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