Her music is kooky, her lyrics are spooky, and she dyes her hair green more often than the Joker and occasionally blue like an Avatar character.
Now, 18-year-old artist Billie Eilish has scooped an armful of Grammy Awards, breaking all records.
Billie has swept the four biggest prizes at the Grammys, these being Best New Artist, Record of the Year (bad guy), Album of the Year (When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?), and Song of the Year (bad guy). She also took home Best Pop Vocal album, for a total of five Grammys.
This makes Billie the youngest solo performer to ever win Album of the Year. She also became the first woman and second person ever to win the “big four” categories in the same year.
Eilish – whose themes often delve into dark issues (there’s depression, suicide, murder, anxiety, mental illness… to name a handful) – was also honoured last December at Variety Magazine’s Hitmakers Awards, and her single bad guy saw her become the first solo female artist to top Triple J’s Hottest 100 list. (Previously, women have only placed first in the annual poll as part of a band).
Her single ‘bad guy’ (lowercase initials apparently imperative) is the fifth most downloaded and consumed song of the year, streamed almost a billion times on Spotify alone.
Impressively, Eilish writes almost all of her own material, occasionally collaborating with her multi-instrumentalist brother and producer Finneas O’Connell, who was also nominated for several Grammys this year.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Billie Eilish’s full name is Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell. Yes, her parents were highly likely modern hippies.