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St Vincent presents "precious baby angel muffin" Olivia Rodrigo with Variety’s Storyteller of the Year Award

04 December 2023, 17:53 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

On Friday evening (1 November), Olivia Rodrigo was awarded with Variety’s Storyteller of the Year Award, which was presented to her by friend and collaborator, St. Vincent.

The pair recently collaborated on the track, “Obsessed", which features on Olivia Rodrigo's second studio album, GUTS – the follow-up to her 2021 debut, SOUR.

In her speech, St. Vincent praised Rodrigo, saying: "Olivia sees the cracks and contradictions in herself and others and makes the ineffable understandable and transformational for her listeners." She went on to add that Rodrigo has an ability to relate to her listeners, and "allows her listeners to step inside her songs as their complete selves: struggling, searching, celebrating, just living. Just being. Olivia’s songs pull off the magic trick of sounding like all of us at once, but also uniquely just like her."

"Olivia is, to me, how should I say it… a precious baby angel muffin, but if a precious baby angel muffin was tough as nails and cool as hell and fuckin’ loved the Breeders. She is shockingly talented, whip smart, and to me, the most important combination, curious and kind. These attributes make her great and will make her a great storyteller for years to come," St. Vincent adds.

"Olivia’s listening, she’s asking, she’s interrogating the cracks in herself and in humanity. But because of her empathy, what she brings to the surface in her songs are the small frailties and the slivers of joy—those threads that make up our every single day. She pays attention to the things most people ignore, and makes them not just seen, but makes them shine."

Olivia Rodrigo's second studio album, GUTS, is out now.

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