Olivia Rodrigo: ‘Drivers License’ star brings ‘Sour’ tour to Utah

Less than a week after winning three Grammys — and beating one — Disney star turned pop sensation Olivia Rodrigo arrives in Utah.

On April 3, the 19-year-old singer-songwriter stood on music’s biggest stage and won the Grammy Awards for Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance for his hit “Drivers License” – which has over 360 million views on YouTube, the Deseret News reported.

Backstage, Rodrigo held up her three trophies as she spoke with reporters about her big moment and posed for photos. And then one of the trophies slipped and fell to the ground, breaking in half, USA Today reported.

In a video shared by Variety, it looks like the trophy has been successfully replenished. But still, Rodrigo will likely leave the material behind when she performs at the UCCU Center in Orem, Utah on Saturday.

Olivia Rodrigo Takes ‘Sour’ Tour to Utah

Rodrigo is currently on tour in support of his Grammy-winning album “Sour,” which Rolling Stone named the No. 1 album of 2021. “Sour” instantly exploded in popularity, with listeners tuning in to his d love lost and growing up, The Washington Post reported.

“With ‘Sour’, Olivia has released a greatest hits album on her first try, the kind of unrelenting megapop monster that just thrives on heavy rotation,” Rolling Stone wrote. “Rodrigo pours out his clumsy teenage blues, … But even at 18, she’s already a killer songwriter who’s mastered all the tricks.”

The tour kicked off April 2 and visits more than 40 cities in North America and Europe, according to a press release sent to the Deseret News. This is the singer’s first tour, and although her early successes mean she could probably fill arenas, Rodrigo opted to perform in mostly smaller amphitheaters and concert halls on this tour, such as the UCCU center which can accommodate 8,500 people.

“I think it’s important not to skip any steps in my career,” she told Billboard. “And also, I’m really excited to play in these more intimate venues and get to know my fans on a deeper, more personal level.”

Since releasing “Sour” last May, Rodrigo has been open about how her songs come from a personal place — and how sharing them with others makes them even more meaningful.

“A really beautiful thing about songwriting is watching songs that are so personal to you come out into the world and take on another life,” she told Billboard. “So performing the songs now is even more special than when I was writing them in my bedroom, because they now have so many interwoven stories of other people. I’m really excited to experience this first hand on tour.

Olivia Rodrigo’s ties to Utah

Rodrigo is no stranger to Utah. Long before the release of her hit song “Drivers License” and album “Sour,” the teenager starred in Utah-based “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” which premiered in 2019. Rodrigo will return to the show for its third season, Entertainment Tonight recently reported.

As she began working on her debut album, Rodrigo’s persona dwindled considerably during the show’s second season, which was filmed in Salt Lake City, according to Rolling Stone.

The singer filmed her “Drivers License” music video in Utah, and a recently released Disney+ film about the making of “Sour” shows Rodrigo’s road trip from Salt Lake City – where she began writing the album – in Los Angeles, the Deseret News reported. .

Rodrigo is currently working on his second album, according to Billboard.

“I have a title for my next album and a few songs,” she told Billboard, adding that she’s trying not to put too much pressure on herself after the success of “Sour.” “It’s really exciting to think about the world after that is coming to me.”

Herman C. Harkins