Olivia Rodrigo announced as Billboard’s Woman of the Year.

Taking place on March 2, Rodrigo, 18, will be admired as the 2022 Billboard Woman of the Year.

Ella McAlister, Editor-in-Chief for The Pony Express

It really is good 4 Olivia!

Olivia Rodrigo broke the record for most streams on Spotify in 24 hours back in January 2021 with her hit, “drivers license.” With over 385 million streams, she also broke the record for most-streamed album in a week on Spotify by a female artist with her debut album, Sour in April. 

Beginning at the age of six, Rodrigo started taking acting classes and earned her first lead just four years later in An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success (2015). She then made her Disney Channel debut at twelve with her role in Bizaardvark (2016-19). Continuing with her Disney career, she earned her starring role in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series at fifteen and performed her first big hit, “All I Want” at sixteen. 

“All I Want” was her first major hit in the music industry, earning a spot in 2020 on the Billboard Hot 100. This success brought much attention from a variety of record labels. Rodrigo decided to take the alternate route and signed with Geffen Records, rather than signing with Disney’s Hollywood Records like past Disney singers. 

She recorded her single, “drivers license” in January of 2021, this time taking the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. She later released her first album, Sour, marking a major milestone in her career. 

Taking place on March 2, Rodrigo, eighteen, will be admired as the 2022 Billboard Woman of the Year. This award will be given at the Billboard Women in Music Awards where fans have been given the opportunity to buy tickets to attend in-person for the very first time.

Hannah Karp, Billboard’s Editorial Director, stated to People.com, “We are thrilled to celebrate her unique voice and the enormous impact she’s had on fans around the globe in such a short time.”

These past couple of years have been deemed successful for Rodrigo, as she has her Sour tour coming up this spring and is nominated for seven Grammy Awards. However, to the rising young star, winning and success are not inexplicably twined. Rather in Rodrigo’s eyes, success is ”making music that I feel really proud of, and I feel like it challenges me and excites me and hopefully makes people feel understood.”