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Gracing the stage at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night, Billie Eilish and her brother, Finneas O’Connell, turned in an emotional performance of the piano-laced ballad “When the Party’s Over” from her debut album, When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
O’Connell accompanied the (now) five-time Grammy winner on piano, and Eilish stayed seated throughout the hushed yet highly emotional stage performance. “Don’t you know I’m no good for you? / I’ve learned to lose you, can’t afford to,” Eilish sang to the attentive room. As she gripped the microphone, her polished green nails were a noteworthy fashion standout, reminiscent of her green and black Gucci red carpet ensemble.
Following the release of “When the Party’s Over” in 2018, its visually striking music video — which now has over 450 million views on YouTube — saw Eilish donning blue hair as black tears streamed from her eyes in an all-white room.
The subdued nature of her Grammy performance was in line with the rest of the evening, which paid tribute to the late former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash Sunday morning along with his 13-year-old daughter and seven others.
Eilish, who shot to fame with the song “Ocean Eyes” in 2016, was nominated for best pop solo performance for “Bad Guy,” in which she lost out to Lizzo, and best pop vocal album, for which she prevailed over fellow nominees Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift.
Eilish won song of the year, which saw both herself and Finneas express shock at the podium as they accepted the award. “I never thought this would happen in my whole life,” she said, before the two dedicated their award to all the young people who make music in their bedroom.
Winning best new artist, Eilish emphasized gratitude for her fans, noting they are the main reason she is on the stage. As the evening drew to a climax, Eilish emerged as the winner of album of the year and record of the year, bringing her total wins to five.
At 18 years of age, Eilish is the youngest person in Grammy history to be nominated for, and to win, all four general-field categories — album of the year, record of the year, song of the year and best new artist — in the same time period.
Hosted by Alicia Keys, the Grammy Awards took place at Staples Center and broadcast live on CBS.
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