The Olivia Rodrigo performance at the Grammys was the emotional cleanse we needed

Let it all out with the singer's ultimate breakup ballad

olivia rodrigo performance of drivers license at the 2022 grammys in las vegas
(Image credit: Rich Fury/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

Are you rewatching the Olivia Rodrigo performance from the Grammys? We are, too. 

Donned in a ruffled skirt, her signature water waves and black fishnets, the 19-year-old singer took to the stage—with a vintage Mercedes Benz in the background—to perform her groundbreaking sensation, "drivers license," and we're getting emotional just thinking about it. 

One of the best breakup songs to date—along with Olivia Rodrigo's entire Sour album—"drivers license" is a candid take on young love that ended too soon. It earned record plays, an SNL skit and a permanent place in our hearts. 

Have a look at the 19-year-old belting one out, and prepare to grab the tissues—you might find yourself reminiscing about your ex as she croons into the mic.

Olivia Rodrigo performance at the 2022 Grammys

"I guess you didn't mean what you wrote in that song about me."

Ugh, gets us every time. Every. Time. 

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Not only did she crush it on stage, but the "good 4 u" singer also took home three awards at the time of publication: Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Solo Performance and Best New Artist.

"Thank you so much to the Recording Academy. This is my biggest dream come true," she said while accepting her award for the Best New Artist. "Thank you to everyone at Interscope, especially John Janick, for believing in me and my songwriting before anything else."

Considering "good 4 u" was the Spotify Song of the Summer in 2021 with 600 million global plays, the buzz-worthy Olivia Rodrigo documentary on Disney+ that everyone's talking about and an impending second album, the songstress is just getting started. 

"I have a title for my next album and a few songs," she told Billboard in February 2022. "It's really exciting to think about the next world that's coming up for me." 

We'll be here patiently waiting—preemptive tissues at hand. 

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

When Danielle’s not writing, you can find her testing out a new recipe, reading a book (suggestions always welcome), or rearranging the furniture in her apartment…again.