Two decades after her first album, ‘Let Go’, one of the best sellers of the 21st century, wearing a blue shirt that said “skateboarding is not a crime”, Avril Lavigne at 37 received her star on Wednesday at the Paseo of Hollywood Fame. During her speech she showed a photograph of herself at 16 years old lying on the sidewalk next to the names of celebrities.
“It was my first trip to Hollywood and since I was little I dreamed of knowing that iconic place. Today I love making music more than ever. I am inspired and hope that the next 16-year-old from your small town who comes to Hollywood one day, full of hopes and dreams, sees this star and thinks, oh my God, my name might be there one day too! Because it can be done, I know it can be done”.
When Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera seemed to dispute the title of ‘pop princess’, the 17-year-old singer appeared on the scene with a punk-pop record and a cover with skater shoes and oversized pants.
“Avril appeared to represent those of us who did not identify with the femininity of mainstream pop at a time when rock aesthetics were banned for girls,” Vogue says about her and describes her as “the girl who blew the glass walls of pop.
‘Complicated’ was Lavigne’s first single and runaway hit in 2002. Other songs came off the album ‘Let Go’ that didn’t come close to the success of the first one – there’s ‘Anything but Ordinary’ – but ‘I’m With You’ , ‘Losing Grip’ and ‘Sk8er Boi’ did achieve it and also followed the same aesthetic in their video clips.
The teenager in baggy pants, ties and sneakers had created an iconic album with songs that Rolling Stone magazine described as “infectious anthems” for their presence on the radio.
“Over an avalanche of new-punk guitar chords, she tells a funny story (on ‘Sk8er Boi’), but none of it would matter if Lavigne didn’t have a voice, equal parts girlish and husky siren, that she seems capable of. set off car alarms several blocks away.”
Born into a Christian family in Ontario, Canada, Avril Lavigne has 8 Grammy nominations, 21 MTV Awards and a Guinness World Record for being the youngest singer to top the UK album chart. Her second album ‘Under muy skin’ (2004), with the songs ‘Don’t Tell Me’, ‘My Happy Ending’ and ‘Nobody’s Home’ was ranked 1 in the “100 best European albums”, surpassing the previous.
But after three productions, the singer revealed in 2015 that she had Lyme disease. She was absent from the stage for more than 5 years. “She had accepted death,” she wrote in a moving letter addressed to her fans. In 2019 she returned with ‘Head Above Water’, an album from which ‘Warrior’ is released, the song with which she talks about the disease and which was part of a project to support the victims of COVID-19.
In times of social networks, his first songs that were played on the radio have returned to popularity. “It’s incredibly surreal,” he told Harper’s Bazaar. If he had to converse with her teenage self he would tell her to “slow down and take it all in” and, based on what he has learned from the industry, advise her.
“Be yourself and don’t apologize for it. The world and the internet can be a tough place, but as long as you know yourself, you can’t really pay attention to what other people might say about you.”
Avril Lavigne arrives in Lima tomorrow from the United States. Her second concert in Peru, after 11 years, will be this Monday at Arena 1 and will include some songs from ‘Love Sux’, the album with which she returns to her punk-pop roots. “She could literally put out another record right after this one. The album is light and upbeat, although there are songs about heartbreak and breakup. But it’s also an anthem, and it’s powerful.”