Bolstered by a skater-punk-influenced sound and look, Lavigne released her debut album, Let Go, in 2002. And thanks to her edgier image, the singer stood out in the pop scene. So much so, in fact, that her record would eventually sell 20 million copies the world over.
Besides the record’s commercial success, Let Go also brought about its fair share of critical acclaim. Indeed, the album swept the boards at the Juno and Teen Choice awards, and it also led to Lavigne receiving a slew of Grammy nominations, including two for hit single “Complicated.”
What’s more, although Let Go was released in a climate of Napster, Limewire and similar file-sharing websites, after six months the album had sold four million units. As a result, Lavigne became one of 2002’s biggest and most talked about popstars.