Let’s start with the 62nd Grammy Awards’ Album of the Year win for When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
For the next few nights at least, 18-year-old breakout recording artist Billie Eilish will likely be going back in her dreams to Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday night, January 26, where she won ALL FOUR major Grammy Awards.
Eilish had some strong competition, to say the least, including Ariana Grande, Lizzo, Lil Nas X, and other superstars of the recording industry.
In addition to Album of the Year, Eilish’s Grammys include Record of the Year and Song of the Year, both for the smash hit “Bad Guy”; and, most prestigious of all, Best New Artist — making her the first woman and only the second artist (after Christopher Cross, who won 39 years earlier) to rise to this acclaimed level of achievement.
And…she’s the youngest winner ever for both Record and Song of the Year. Remember, that’s the youngest in 62 YEARS!
Eilish also shared the Grammys for Album, Song, and Record of the Year with her brother (“my best friend”) and artistic collaborator, Finneas O’Connell, who accepted the Song of the Year award with her onstage and said, “This is to all the kids who are making music in their bedroom today [he and Billie record together in a bedroom in their family home]. You’re going to get one of these!”
Standing beside her brother, the astonished and delighted Eilish spoke of her gratitude to The Recording Academy audience and so many more:
“I genuinely want to say that I’m so grateful, and I’m so honored to be here amongst all of you. I love you to my core. I grew up watching all of you. Thank you to my team, my mom, my dad, my best friends.”
Eilish’s mom, vegetarian since high school and long-time vegan Maggie Baird, in addition to raising incredibly talented Billie and her brother, also raised Billie as a vegetarian. Read about Maggie Baird’s remarkable life, and drool over the delicious vegan meals she makes for her family — even when they’re touring! — in the story “Ocean Eyes: Billie Eilish’s Mom Talks Veganism and Kids” in our Nov.-Dec. issue.
Today, Billie’s a powerful voice speaking out against the climate crisis. Just one example: She made her most recent world tour, “Where Do We Go,” as green as possible, even banning plastic straws!
What’s Billie dreaming about doing next? She hasn’t said. But we know it will be extraordinary.