Billie Eilish caught making surprising statement before Grammy win for best album
Billie Eilish didn’t seem too excited about the possibility of winning album of the year at this year’s Grammy awards.
Just before the 18-year-old heard her name called, the “Bad Guy” singer was caught on camera mouthing, "Please don’t be me." The surprising-yet-comical moment was first caught by Entertainment Weekly reporter Joey Nolfi, who shared a snippet of Sunday's broadcast on Twitter.
"Billie Eilish being genuinely disgusted by her own success is one of the most hilarious things I’ve ever seen at a major awards show," Nolfi wrote.
As Insider pointed out, Eilish also seemed to yell "no" as she was named the winner. The best album Grammy was her fourth of the night — she’d already won for song of the year, best new artist and best pop vocal album — and she later received a fifth award when her song “Bad Guy” won for record of the year.
It appeared as though Eilish’s response was due to her belief that another artist was more deserving — namely, Ariana Grande for her album, “Thank U, Next.”
"Can I just say that I think Ariana deserves this?" Eilish said during her acceptance speech. "'Thank U, Next' got me through some s***, and I think it deserves this more than anything in the world. I love you, thank you so much."
“I’m not going to waste your time. I’m really not. I love you. Thank you for this,” the singer, who wore a green and black Gucci outfit to the ceremony, concluded.
But whether she wanted to, Eilish made history during this year’s awards. The 18-year-old is now the youngest person to ever win the album of the year, and she’s the first woman ever to sweep all four general-field categories — album, record and song of the year, plus best new artist.
Eilish’s debut record, "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" won the best album award over a nominee list that included Bon Iver, Lana Del Rey, H.E.R, Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Vampire Weekend — and of course, Grande.
The "Bad Guy" singer accepted her many awards alongside brother, Finneas, who produces her music. Finneas took home two additional awards of his own — for non-classical engineering and for producer of the year.