Olivia Rodrigo's VMA appearance was far from “brutal”
By Samantha Carey
December 17, 2021
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Back in September, artists and celebrities came together once again for the annual Video Music Awards. Doja Cat hosted the award show at Barclays Center in New York.
A range of artists performed, including Justin Bieber, Kacey Musgraves, Ed Sheeran, Jack Harlow and more. One new artist who joined the ranks is none other than Olivia Rodrigo.
This was Rodrigo’s first VMAs, and her attendance did not disappoint. She walked the red carpet wearing a coral Atelier Versace dress, according to Bazaar. For her performance of the song “good 4 u,” she changed into a shimmery purple dress, matching her “Sour” album prom theme.
Rodrigo was nominated for five awards, including Artist of the Year, Song of the Year for “driver’s license,” Best New Artist presented by Facebook, Push Performance of the Year for “driver’s license” and Best Pop for her song “good 4 u,” according to Pitchfork.
She went home with three awards that night, including Push Performance of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.
Rodrigo has inspired many of her fans, including those here at the University of Maryland.
“I love how outspoken she is in her music,” said Regan Kelly, a junior communications major. “And then when she got this intense wave of fame, she used it for good; for example, visiting the White House to promote the vaccine.”
“Her songs help me let out emotions, but at the same time [are] comforting,” said Kiarra McCloud, a junior early childhood and special education double major.
Kelly reflected on Rodrigo’s performance at the VMAs this year.
“I thought it was a beautiful performance, from the set to the costumes,” Kelly said.
Rodrigo just recently announced her 2022 “Sour” World Tour, traveling across the United States and worldwide. Tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 10.
“I am super excited for her tour and definitely plan on attending,” McCloud said. Kelly said she will try to go to the D.C. show and is looking forward to getting a group together to experience Rodrigo’s debut album tour.