Olivia Rodrigo Inducts Alanis Morissette Into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame
Olivia Rodrigo honoured “trailblazer” Alanis Morissette during the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) induction ceremony over the weekend.
Rodrigo introduced Morissette with a heartfelt speech which made clear the extent she was influenced by hearing Jagged Little Pill, “My life was completely changed. Alanis’ songwriting was unlike anything I’d ever heard before and I haven’t heard anything quite like it since. And that voice – fierce and tender and sometimes funny and playful. I became hooked for life.
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“Alanis captured the anger, the grief and the love of the human experience better than anyone. Her songs unite people and empower people and help them heal. Alanis, you’re a trailblazer and you’ve inspired an entire generation of uncompromising, radically honest songwriting.
“But even more than your long list of musical achievements, I look up to your character and your kindness most of all. If they had a Hall of Fame for being the most incredible human being with the biggest heart, I’m 100 per cent positive you’d be inducted into that one as well.”
The admiration is mutual between Rodrigo and Morissette. The duo were interviewed together and appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine last year and Rodrigo brought out Morissette for a surprise duet of her 1995 worldwide hit You Oughta Know during a concert back in May.
In her acceptance speech at the ceremony, Morissette admitted that songwriting is “the worst” and feels like a “daunting” task. She went on to explain that the lyrics to her song start out as a self-serving pursuit but become more about her fans once the song is released.
Morissette was inducted alongside Bryan Adams, his songwriting partner David Foster and singer-songwriter Daniel Lavoie.