Fil-Am Olivia Rodrigo wins Best New Artist, gets cozy with BTS' V at Grammy Awards 2022

LAS VEGAS — Pop phenom Olivia Rodrigo on Sunday scored the coveted Grammy for Best New Artist, an expected win that caps a year of milestones for the breakout star.

Rodrigo, 19, bested a crowded field including rappers Saweetie and The Kid Laroi to win the prestigious prize.

The artist who came up as an actor on the Disney Channel released her debut single "drivers license" last year to commercial and critical acclaim.

Earlier in the awards, Rodrigo was pictured together and caught having a sweet moment with V of BTS.

 

 

Variety reported that V "flirts" with Rodrigo.

 

 

The star-studded Grammys kicked off Sunday with showstopping performances as Rodrigo and jazzman Jon Batiste jumped out of the gate with a handful of awards each.

The US gambling capital is hosting the ceremony for the first time ever, after organizers postponed the original January 31 event over a surge in Covid-19 cases and then moved it out of Los Angeles.

Silk Sonic performed to open the show before winning the prestigious prize for Song of the Year, which celebrates songwriting, for their single "Leave The Door Open."

The win means Rodrigo can no longer sweep the top four categories in one night, which would have made her only the third artist to do so after Billie Eilish did in 2020 and Christopher Cross in 1981.

But the 19-year-old, who arrived on the carpet in cleavage-baring Vivienne Westwood, won her first Grammys ever -- two of them, the coveted Best New Artist prize and the award for Best Pop Solo Performance for "drivers license."

She performed that hit in a full 90s get-up of fishnets, platform boots and a white slip dress with tiered ruffle skirt, staged in a white Mercedes on a set made to look like a dark, stormy suburban street. — Maggy Donaldson

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