Olivia Rodrigo Soars During 'Drivers License' Performance at 2021 Brit Awards

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Olivia Rodrigo performs at The BRIT Awards 2021 at The O2 Arena on May 11, 2021 in London. billboard.comOlivia Rodrigo Soars During 'Drivers License' Performance at 2021 Brit Awards

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Dua Lipa, Arlo Parks, The Weeknd, more perform at the 2021 BRIT Awards: Watch

Consequence 11 May, 2021 - 04:07pm

The UK music awards show went down on Tuesday night

You can watch the performances below.

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Olivia Rodrigo Performs “drivers license” at BRIT Awards 2021: Watch

Pitchfork 11 May, 2021 - 03:25pm

Rodrigo’s debut album SOUR is due out May 21 via Geffen Records. Her first two songs, “drivers license” and “deja vu” and debuted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 upon their respective releases.

Olivia Rodrigo Lends Brit Awards Her First Live TV Performance of ‘Driver’s License’

Variety 11 May, 2021 - 03:23pm

By Chris Willman

Olivia Rodrigo, soon to be as the musical guest on this weekend’s “Saturday Night Live,” previewed that U.S. live TV debut performance by singing “Driver’s License” on live television for the first time at Tuesday’s Brit Awards.

After taking to the Brits’ red carpet in a lime green dress, Rodrigo became the woman in red as she sang her breakout hit on a stage at the O2 Arena, surrounded by blue digital butterflies as she sang her tale of teen romantic woe.

The 18-year-old previously appeared performing the tune at the piano on “The Tonight Show” in February in a pre-taped segment.

— Taylivia Team (@TayliviaTeam) May 11, 2021

Rodrigo is as popular in Britain as she is in America. “Driver’s License” remains the biggest song of 2021 in the U.K. to date. It was No. 1 for nine weeks, becoming the No. 1 debut single with the longest run at the top since Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” more than a decade and a half ago.

The “High School Musical” actor has released a second single, too, “Deja Vu,” and has a third, “Good 4 U,” on the way before her debut album, “Sour,” comes out May 21.

This year’s Brits are behing held at the O2 with a limited audience of 2,500, with free tickets offered to frontline workers.

Rodrigo recently told the British paper the Guardian that she has suffered “sexist criticism” for “only writ(ing) songs about boys… I’m a teenage girl,” she protested. “I write about stuff that I feel really intensely… I don’t really understand what people want me to write about; do you want me to write a song about income taxes? How am I going to write an emotional song about that?”

Other performances on the Brits included Dua Lipa singing a medley of songs from “Future Nostalgia,” starting with a filmed introduction full of dancers on a subway train and transitioning to a subway station set live in the O2. Elton John and Years & Years also did a duet early in the telecast, being seen in the U.S. on the Brits’ YouTube channel.

Olivia Rodrigo Unleashes A Powerful Performance Of ‘Drivers License’ At The BRIT Awards

Hollywood Life 11 May, 2021 - 02:35pm

All eyes were on Olivia Rodrigo during the 2021 BRIT Awards on Tuesday (May 11.) After the 18-year-old singer kicked off the year with her smash hit, “Drivers License,” it was safe to say that hers was going to be the most anticipated performance of the night. However, before she could sing in front of a U.K. crowd for the first time in her life, she needed to strut down the red carpet – and she did! She brought some flavor to the red carpet with her bright, lime-green outfit and sharp black pumps. It was a youthful and classy look, one that captured the current vibe of the moment. She wore her hair loose, and her makeup was on point.

Later in the evening, Olivia changed into a red outfit, one both sheer and glittery, for an emotional performance of “Drivers License.” As she sang those heartfelt lyrics, they were projected above her, her thoughts made real. Butterflies formed and disappeared back into the ether with each high note. It was as flawless and powerful as anticipated.

Wow. What a performance. 👏👏👏@Olivia_Rodrigo absolutely KILLING it with ‘drivers license’🎤 #BRITs #brits2021

— boohoo (@boohoo) May 11, 2021

What a difference a few months make. At the end of 2020, Olivia – as a musician – was only really known for “All I Want,” the 2019 song she written for High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. She was more known as a Disney-branded actress – with her starring roles in Bizaardvark and HSM:TM:TS. Olivia’s “All I Want” was a minor hit, debuting at No. 90 on the Billboard Hot 100. It trended on TikTok and has been certified Gold by the RIAA – which led to her signing with Interscope, per W Magazine. While this moderate early success hinted at what was coming next. She teamed with producer/songwriter Dan Nigro, and together, they co-wrote the song that would be considered Olivia’s true breakthrough: “Drivers License.” It debuted at No. 1, broke Spotify streaming records, and made her one of the four artists born in the 2000s to have a No. 1 song.

The success was attributed to it being a “soaring power pop ballad filled with teen angst,” which captured the zeitgeist of a year spend in a pandemic (and the bubbling mood of GenZ.) The song also had some notoriety behind it, thanks to the rumored personal drama involving Olivia’s HSM costar Joshua Bassett and Sabrina Carpenter. There’s also the fact that Olivia has cultivated an audience through TikTok, so there was a fanbase ready for this song. All that resulted in an explosive debut that made Olivia the new big music star.

About three months after “Drivers License,” Olivia dropped “Deja Vu.” Like the prior song, “Deja Vu” focuses on heartbreak and love, which has prompted many to criticize her for only writing about relationships. She noted, in a recent interview with The Guardian, that she’s suffered some “sexist criticism of songwriters like me being told that they only write songs about boys,” to which she points out that she’s not even old enough to drink legally in the United States yet.

“I’m a teenage girl, I write about stuff that I feel really intensely,” she said, adding that she channels what feels “authentic and natural” to her. “I don’t really understand what people want me to write about; do you want me to write a song about income taxes? How am I going to write an emotional song about that?”

Fans will get an idea of her songwriting scope when she drops her debut album, Sour, on May 21. One week before it arrives, Olivia will share “Good 4 U.”

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