Bolstered by a skater-punk-influenced sound and look, Lavigne released her debut album Let Go in 2002. 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 its 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. Meanwhile, it also led to Lavigne receiving a slew of Grammy nominations including two for hit single “Complicated.”
Though Let Go was released in a climate of Napster, Limewire and similar file sharing websites, after six months it had sold 4 million units. As a result, Lavigne became one of 2002’s biggest popstars as well as one of the most talked about to boot.