Michaels came into the music fold as one of this year's breakthrough artists thanks to her debut single "Issues." While her voice didn't take over radio until recently, her words have been permeating pop music since the release of Justin Bieber's "Sorry" in 2015, a smash hit she co-wrote. It's one of many for the prolific 23-year-old who has even more hits under her belt penned with songwriting partner Justin Tranter for acts like Britney Spears, Selena Gomez, Linkin Park and countless others.
During her sold-out showcase at the Grammy Museum, Michaels talked about how it took some people in her team to help her see that she could be a full-blown artist and not just a songwriter. The Q&A interview was incredibly adorable as Julia got candid about some wild moments that got her to bond with partner-in-crime Tranter and fangirling over P!nk, one of the singers she most admires.
For her set, Michaels performed songs from her debut mini-album Nervous System along with some of the hits she co-wrote. The medley of songs Julia has written for other artists was a rarity for her as she's mostly stuck to singing the songs under her own name. Michaels ran through rousing renditions of Gomez's "Bad Liar" and "Good For You," Hailee Steinfeld's "Love Myself," Gwen Stefani's "Used to Love You" and Bieber's "Sorry." It was refreshing to see Julia sing the well-known songs in her own style and hear where they truly came from.
Michaels seemed to have the most fun bopping through the songs from Nervous System, including the heartbreaking "Worst in Me," the tongue-in-cheek "Pink" and the theatrical "Uh Huh." She rounded out her set with "Issues," which inspired the biggest sing-along with the audience. With the spunkiness and heart of Julia's music starting to inject life into the music scene, expect her to soon go from Grammy Museum guest to one of the artists on the wall photographed with their Grammy Award.