Sheryl Crow Opens Up About Her Friendship With Olivia Rodrigo & How ‘Unfazed’ She Is

Sheryl Crow has a friend in Olivia Rodrigo. While chatting about her new album Evolution on Late Night With Seth Meyers on Thursday night (March 28), the 62-year-old singer-songwriter opened up about her bond with the “Drivers License” singer.

“I met her at Billboard Women in Music and I just really liked her,” Crow recalled. “I’d already had her record and I loved the way she wrote. It’s very punk, it’s like the Breeders meets Deborah Harry.”

Both women were present at the 2022 Billboard Women in Music ceremony, where the “Strong Enough” artist presented Rodrigo with Woman of the Year. “Sheryl, I am such a massive fan of you and your songwriting and I’m so grateful that you’re here,” the former Disney star said in her acceptance speech. “It really means the world.”

In November, it was Rodrigo’s turn to show up for her friend, with the pair performing “If It Makes You Happy” together at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony in honor of Crow’s 2023 induction. Since then, the duo have sung the 1996 hit side-by-side at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville and, most recently, at one of the “Vampire” artist’s Guts World Tour shows.

Backstage at the RRHOF ceremony, Crow told Billboard of her connection with Rodrigo: “All I can say is I paid homage to the women that were before me, and I know how much they mean to me. I don’t take it lightly at all. I still look to them — my friendship with Stevie Nicks is genuine, but I’m still in awe of her. Yeah, I don’t take it lightly.”

“I’m so impressed with how down to earth and together she is, like unfazed by it,” Crow added of Rodrigo to Meyers. “I’ve gotten to know her since then, and I adore her.”

Released Friday (March 29), Evolution marks Crow’s first album since 2019’s Threads. Rodrigo also recently unveiled a new set, dropping the deluxe version of her Billboard 200-topping sophomore record Guts last week.

Watch Crow’s Late Night With Seth Meyers interview above.

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