"At just 17, Olivia Rodrigo is a master at turning her heartbreak into something glorious," Stefani wrote of the singer in an entry for Time magazine's "2021 TIME100 Next" list, which showcases the next 100 most influential people in the world.
"The world is obsessed with her breakthrough single, 'Drivers License'... because while Olivia’s storytelling is confessional and intimate, it’s also larger than life," wrote Stefani -- who is no stranger to penning and performing hit songs that deal with the gamut of emotions. "By pouring her heart out with so much courage and total command of her talent, Olivia made magic."
Stefani marveled at how "every line in 'Drivers License' feels like it was ripped out of Olivia’s diary," and reflected on how the poignant lyrics all contain "a beauty and level of detail that makes you feel like you’re with her, driving through the suburbs of Southern California at night, lost in thought."
"Rare is the artist who can transport that way, especially at such a young age," Stefani explained. "And for anyone going through their first heartbreak, Olivia’s voice is a light in the dark."
Check out the video below to hear more about Rodrigo's hit song and how it tackles heartbreak and acceptance.
Meanwhile, Rodrigo is joined on the "2021 TIME100 Next" list by many young, burgeoning superstars including Charli D’Amelio, Regé-Jean Page, Doja Cat, Dua Lipa, Amanda Gorman, and many others. Check out the full list here.