“This year we were introduced to a new artist whose debut album marked a major return for rock ‘n’ roll in the charts," Lavigne said in her speech. “From ‘Driver’s License’ to ‘Good 4 You’ to ‘Deja Vu,’ Olivia’s singles from her album Sour are part of the collective psyche of 2021, and she wrote every single one of them. Her songs are personal, her songs are raw, and her songs are relatable.”
When Rodrigo took the stage, she gushed over her love for Lavigne. "I am such a massive fan of you, I look up to you so much, so this is so surreal for me," she said. "Thank you for the love and support."
The 18-year-old then discussed how important songwriting has been to her throughout her life. “I’ve been writing songs since I was like five years old and my favorite part about all of this is that feeling of writing a song that perfectly captures how I feel better than any conversation could have," she added. "So to accept an award for songwriting is really meaningful to me.”
See Lavigne present the award to Rodrigo above.