When this 18-year-old became an almost viral sensation with her hit “bad guy”, everyone knew she was going to be one to look out for.
And with the vengeance with which she followed and lived up to her success only proved it further.
During the 62nd annual Grammy Awards over the past weekend, Billie Eilish made a clean sweep with the top four honors. She won awards for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best New Artist. In addition, her album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? also picked up Best Pop Vocal Album, rounding up her wins to five out of six nominations.
Billie Eilish became not just the very first woman but also only the second artist in the history of the Grammys to achieve this feat. The only other artist to do this was Christopher Cross in 1981.
In addition, however, Eilish also set a bunch of age-related records for becoming the youngest artists to win in a number of these categories. As reported by Billboard, Eilish, 18, is the youngest album of the year winner in Grammy history, easily topping Taylor Swift, who was 20 when she won a decade ago for Fearless. She’s also the youngest record of the year winner in Grammy history. Eilish is the youngest best new artist champ since LeAnn Rimes, who was 14 when she took the 1996 award. She’s the youngest song of the year winner since Lorde, who was a year younger—just 17—when she won the 2013 award for co-writing “Royals.”
While Eilish received the Grammys for her debut album, which was produced and co-written by her 22-year-old brother, Finneas O’Connell, he himself also picked up two awards himself: Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical (which he shared with Rob Kinelski); and Producer of the Year, Non-Classical.
The siblings also took to the stage to perform “when the party’s over” live at the Grammy’s 2020. Watch it below.
Ending the night with humility picking up their last honor for Record of the year Finneas said, “We didn’t write a speech for this because we didn’t make this album to win a Grammy. We didn’t think it would win anything ever. We wrote an album about depression and suicidal thoughts and climate change and being the bad guy — whatever that means — and we stand up here confused and grateful.”
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