Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers, 26, has been on an upward swing of late.
She released her debut album, Stranger in the Alps, in 2017. The 11-track project arrived on Dead Oceans and has since been met with critical acclaim, priming Bridgers to break through.
Her second album, Punisher, received rave reviews and earned the artist her first entry on the Billboard 200 (at No. 43), plus the Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts, peaking at Nos. 6 and 2, respectively. Punisher also helped launch Bridgers to the top of Billboard’s Emerging Artist chart for the first time.
More recently, the artist received her first set of Grammy nominations. Now, come this weekend, she will make her Saturday Night Live debut as the musical guest.
Ahead of the Dan Levy-hosted episode this Saturday (Feb. 6), here are five things to know about the indie rocker.
She’s Up For Four Grammy Awards
Bridgers scored a nomination in a Big Four category, for best new artist, alongside Noah Cyrus, Ingrid Andress and Doja Cat, among others. As Bridgers told Billboard late last year following the nomination reveal, she’s particularly excited to be in the same class as artists she loves, like Chika and Megan Thee Stallion: “I feel like [Megan] turned positivity into being punk rock, you know?” Additionally, Bridgers is up for best alternative album, and best rock song and best rock performance for her impassioned single “Kyoto.”
She’s a Label Boss
In the fall of last year, Bridgers launched her own label, Saddest Factory, in partnership with Dead Oceans (and with a truly incredible website). Billboard broke the story, in which Bridgers said it was always a dream of hers to have a label “because I’m such a music fan.” Indie-pop musician Claud became the label’s first signee. Bridgers said her only goal for Saddest Factory is to sign artists she likes and listens to for pleasure. “I don’t think I have any ethos other than, ‘Am I jealous?'”
She’s Part of Two Supergroups
Just one year after Bridgers’ debut arrived, she linked up with peers Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker to form the supertrio Boygenius. The act wrote and recorded its self-titled debut EP in just four days in Los Angeles. Boygenius reached No. 3 on the Vinyl Albums chart.
The following year, Bridgers teamed with Conor Oberst, legendary Bright Eyes frontman, for Better Oblivion Community Center. The folksy-rock superduo released its self-titled debut at the top of 2019. The album hit No. 7 on Billboard’s Americana/Folk Albums chart and No. 2 on the Heatseekers Albums chart.
Bridgers continued collaborating in 2020. She and Maggie Rogers released a benefit single that all started when Bridgers tweeted she would cover Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris” if Trump lost the 2020 election. He did, and so did she. The track — which topped the Digital Song Sales chart — was available as a pay-what-you-want download on Bandcamp, with proceeds benefiting Fair Fight, a voting-rights organization led by activist and Democratic party politician Stacey Abrams. Bridgers then closed the year by guesting on Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon III: The Chosen. Their collab, “Lovin’ Me,” hit No. 40 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart.
She’s Sort of (Really) Into Wearing a Skeleton Onesie
Since rocking a skeleton onesie in the “Kyoto” music video (which has over 2 million views), Bridgers made it a wardrobe staple throughout the pandemic, sporting it for remote performances from The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to The Late Late Show With James Corden. She even has her eye on a leveled up version of said onesie for the upcoming Grammys, telling Billboard late last year she would love to wear a particular 2018 Thom Browne dress with a crystal skeleton embroidered on it. As a backup, she could always settle for her own merch, which includes a pair of skeleton sweats that say her name on the butt.
She’s a Must-Follow On Twitter
Bridgers is a master of the platform. With a username of “Traitor Joe” and over 322,000 followers, Bridgers will often use the tool to have and share a good laugh, retweeting people and articles that poke fun at her. (She recently retweeted a Hard Times article titled, “You’re a Phoebe Bridgers Fan? Name Three Antidepressants You’ve Been Prescribed,” by saying: “shoutout to everyone who hasn’t gotten their meds right raw doggin depression right now”). She’ll just as frequently poke fun at herself, tweeting just last month: “my face is so f–king round.”
shoutout to everyone who hasn’t gotten their meds right raw doggin depression right now https://t.co/jta2TFnTDK
— traitor joe (@phoebe_bridgers) February 2, 2021
Bridgers also uses her platform to speak out on vital topics, such as politics — and supporting abuse survivors. Following allegations against Marilyn Manson, Bridgers recalled her experience at his house when she was a teenager, tweeting on Feb. 4, “He referred to a room in his house as the ‘r*pe room’, I thought it was just his horrible frat boy sense of humor. I stopped being a fan. I stand with everyone who came forward.”
She continued, “The label knew, management knew, the band knew. Distancing themselves now, pretending to be shocked and horrified is f–king pathetic.”