Olivia Rodrigo held nothing back during her Saturday Night Live musical guest spot this weekend. Performing tracks off her critically acclaimed sophomore album GUTS, the songstress captivated with bold, gutsy renditions that highlighted her artistic evolution.
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Opting to spotlight “Vampire” first, Rodrigo peeled off a stripped-down piano version that centered her crystalline vocals. Dressed in an ornate, GUTS-inscribed gown, she poured her soul into the shadows. Her voice glimmered with raw emotion, the sparse arrangement placing her talents in sharp focus.
Later, Rodrigo brought wicked chaos to the SNL stage with the riotous banger “all-American b****.” Perched behind a decadent dining table, she descended into delicious mayhem, smearing cake frosting across her skin and even wielding a knife, embodying the track’s female fury. As servers danced doll-like around her, she embodied the tongue-in-cheek subversion that has become her calling card.
At 20, Rodrigo continues to prove herself a singular, era-defining artist. Her seven Grammy nods for her smash debut SOUR only scratch the surface; GUTS already promises to shatter that benchmark with six nominations. She bewitches crowds with knife-sharp stories; the vulnerability is as addictive as the venom. But technical precision may not even be the point; her authentic, confessional spirit remains her strongest creative muscle.
If her SNL turn indicates anything, Rodrigo still knows no artistic bounds. These performances were just the latest milestones in her inevitable iconography. Displaying her emotional breadth in just two songs, her talent glimmers diamond-sharp. For those just tuning in, it served as a fitting exhibition of her prodigious gifts.