Sheryl Crow has officially given her blessing to Olivia Rodrigo. The nine-time Grammy winner praised the “Bad Idea Right” singer during an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, Nov. 2, while talking about the impending Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
“She’s the real deal. She’s precious,” Crow gushed. “She’s a great songwriter. She seems kinda unaffected by all of it, you know? When I was 19 — her age — I was like, ‘How do you fill out this application for college?!’”
After wrapping up the promotional tour for her Sour album, Rodrigo took some time to enroll in classes at USC’s Thornton School of Music. At twenty years old, Rodrigo is younger than Crow’s highest charting Billboard Hot 100 song, 1994’s “All I Wanna Do” (No. 2).
Rodrigo was introduced to the vocalist of “Strong Enough” “last year during a whole bunch of Grammy stuff,” the singer disclosed. She said, “We ended up on some stuff together, and she’s super cool.” “When she came to Nashville, she asked me to do this, and I said, ‘Okay!'”
The “thing” in question was a small-scale, intimate performance that took place in September at Nashville’s Bluebird Café. Crow’s 1996 hit song “If It Makes You Happy” (No. 10) was a duet between the two.
Rodrigo said in the caption of a lovely snapshot of the two actors posing with magazines while sitting under hair dryers that was posted on Instagram on September 29.
“Pinch me! Sang one of my favorite songs of all time with the greatest of all time @sherylcrow !!!! what an honor!!!!” Crow also reposted the image to her main feed with the caption, “Funnest day ever with the amazingly brilliant @oliviarodrigo! What a talent!! And the loveliest young woman!”
Crow, who released a new song on Friday, Nov. 3 called “Alarm Clock,” talked about her Rock Hall induction on Friday, Nov. 3. She added that she just “text [Rodrigo] and said, ‘Hey, would you do the Rock Hall with me?'” She responded, “I’d love to!” It would be an honor!
The 2023 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. ET, and the “Good 4 U” singer—who is also a finalist for top female artist at the Billboard Music Awards—will perform onstage once again with Crow.
“I got along well with my kids!” Crow joked about persuading Rodrigo to accompany her.
See the “Everyday Is a Winding Road” singer play “Alarm Clock” on The Tonight Show below, and see her talk about her relationship with Olivia Rodrigo above.