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The positive reception of the album was a relief to Bridgers, who says she spent “a lot of sleepless nights” wondering, “‘What if I fail and have to face this thing and … face this artist, who’s earlier in their career, and be like, ‘I took your art and I fucked it up.’” On the day of Super Monster’s release, Bridgers says she listened to the record top to bottom, comparing the method to “when you have a crush, and you go to your own social media to see how you would look to them.” “I did that with Claud,” she says, “and was like, ‘Fuck. This record’s so good.’”
As for the future of the label, Bridgers says she wants it to be “led by the artists that find it naturally.” If she were to restrict it to a certain genre or vision of her own, Bridgers feels that she would be restricting the label’s potential—and the agency it can offer to up and coming artists.
As we await the results of the Grammys—which were postponed from January to March due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles, Bridgers tells me she has “no expectations about the actual award show.”
“I feel like this is the highest expectation I ever had for a music career. So it feels nice to be, like, held in suspense,” she says. “I get to be a Grammy nominated artist for longer, you know?”
She carries the success like she’s been here before, all while maintaining a humbled shock at having made it this far.
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“I think I was prepared to, you know, have a residency at some great LA venue and just be, like, famous around town,” she says. “Every year has just been such an unexpected gift.” And she’s not interested in looking any gift horses in the mouth—shrugging off her nomination for Best New Artist with a smile, despite performing since her teen years and releasing her debut album Stranger in the Alps in 2017. “I feel like this every year,” Bridgers says, “I’ll be like, ‘Oh, this is what happens when you make music that people like!’ And then it’s like, ‘Oh, no, this is what happens when you make music that people like!’”
She gushes over her fellow Best New Artist nominee Megan Thee Stallion—“I just like the way that she thinks and writes and talks”—as well as her fellow nominees in the first all-women-nominated Rock Performance Category. “I don’t think I really thought about [the nominees being all women] until I started doing interviews about it,” she says, noting that each nomination in the category just struck her as “correct.”