During the 62nd Grammy Awards ceremony of 2020, Billie Eilish entered the night having never won a single Grammy in her life, then leaving the venue as part of the chosen few who have more than one Grammy trophy to their credit.
Just how many Grammy Awards did the 18-year-old Los-Angeles native walk away with for the amazing barrage of blockbuster hits that emerged from her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Let’s take a look and see.
2020 Grammy Awards
To make a long story short, Billie Eilish was the big winner at the 2020 Grammy Awards, winning five out of the six awards that she was nominated for. She didn’t just win her first Grammy that night; she won the “big four” awards at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center — making her the youngest artist to do so. These memorable awards were hosted by Alicia Keys, featured tributes to Kobe Bryant and Nipsey Hussle and performances by Demi Lovato, BTS, DJ Khaled, and Tyler, the Creator.
Billie Eilish’s five wins at the 62nd Grammy Awards include:
- Best Pop Vocal Album: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?. The nominees were: “Hey, Ma” – Bon Iver, “7 Rings” – Ariana Grande, “Hard Place” – H.E.R., “Talk” – Khalid, “Old Town Road” – Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, “Truth Hurts” – Lizzo, and “Sunflower” – Post Malone & Swae Lee.
- Best New Artist: Billie Eilish. The nominees were: Black Pumas, Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Maggie Rogers, Rosalia, Tank, and the Bangas, and Yola.
- Album of the Year: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?. The nominees were: I, I – Bon Iver, Norman Fucking Rockwell! – Lana Del Rey, Thank U, Next – Ariana Grande, I Used to Know Her – H.E.R., 7 – Lil Nas X, Cuz I Love You (Deluxe) – Lizzo, and Father of the Bride – Vampire Weekend.
- Record of the Year: “Bad Guy.” The nominees were: “Hey, Ma” – Bon Iver, “7 Rings” – Ariana Grande, “Hard Place” – H.E.R., “Talk” – Khalid, “Old Town Road” – Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, “Truth Hurts” – Lizzo, and “Sunflower” – Post Malone & Swae Lee.
- Song of the Year: “Bad Guy.” The nominees were: “Always Remember Us This Way” – Lady Gaga, “Bring My Flowers Now” – Tanya Tucker, “Hard Place” – H.E.R., “Lover” – Taylor Swift, “Norman F**king Rockwell” – Lana Del Rey, “Someone You Loved” – Lewis Capaldi, and “Truth Hurts” – Lizzo.
- She was also nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance but lost out to Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts.”
Even Billie Eilish’s brother/producer, Finneas O’Connell, picked up a pair of Grammys for his own collection: Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical (which he shared with Rob Kinelski); and Producer of the Year, Non-Classical.
Billie Eilish at the 2020 Grammy Awards was seen mouthing “please don’t be me” before winning her fourth Grammy of the night.
While the nominees were being announced, Eilish appeared to be comfortable in the assumption that she wouldn’t win, but this result would prove to not be true.
Eilish seemed to yell “no” when she won and continued to reluctantly accept the victory during her speech announcing:
“Can I just say that I think Ariana deserves this? ‘Thank U, Next’ got me through some s**t, 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 praise that Billie Eilish gave to Ariana Grande prompted Grande to blow kisses to Eilish.
Setting Records with Her Records
As an 18-year-old, Eilish became the youngest Grammy Award winner of the coveted Album of the Year category, which is one out of the five awards that she one that same night.
Who did she beat out to take the top spot? None other than 20-year-old Taylor Swift when she won the Album of the Year Grammy for “Fearless” a decade before in 2010.
Billie Eilish also became the second person to win all four general-field categories in a single year after Christopher Cross did so back in 1981, when he won for Best New Artist, Album of the Year for Christopher Cross, and his mellow yacht rock classic “Sailing” won for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Arrangement.
Other Top Prizes
Don’t think for one second that Billie Eilish’s award wins begin and end with the Grammy Awards. She has made a mega impact in other celebrated ceremonies all across the world with her young start in the music industry as well:
- American Music Awards: New Artist of the Year (2019), Favorite Alternative Artist (2019)
- Apple Music Awards: Global Artist of the Year (2019), Songwriter of the Year (2019), Album of the Year (2019): When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
- ASCAP Pop Music Awards: Vanguard Award (2019): Billie Eilish & Finneas
- Billboard Women in Music: Women of the Year (2019)
- Bravo Otto: Best International Singer-Gold (2019)
- Brit Awards: International Female Solo Artist (2020)
- Clio Awards: Music Videos: “When the Party’s Over”-Gold (2019), Event Design: Billie Eilish Experience (Spotify in House)-Gold (2019), Clio grand: 61 Seconds to Five Minutes: “Share Your Gifts” (2019)
- Danish Music Awards: Foreign Album of the Year: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019)
- GAFFA Awards (Sweden): Best Foreign New Act (2019)
- Juno Awards: International Album of the Year: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2020)
- LOS40 Music Awards: Best International Album: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019)
- Melon Music Awards: Best Pop Song: “Bad Guy”
- MTV Europe Music Awards: Best Song “Bad Guy” (2019), Best New Act (2019)
- MTV Millennial Awards: Global Hit “Bad Guy” (2019)
- MTV Video Music Awards: Best New Artist (2019), Push Artist of the Year (2019), Best Editing “Bad Guy” (2019)
- MTV Video Music Awards Japan: Best New International Artist Video “Bad Guy” (2019)
- MTV Video Play Awards: Winning Video “Bad Guy” (2019)
- Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Abu Dhabi: Favorite International Star (2019)
- Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards: Favorite Breakout Artist (2019), Favorite Song: “Bad Guy” (2020)
- NRJ Music Awards: International Breakthrough of the Year (2019)
- NME Awards: Best Song in the World “Bad Guy” (2020)
- People’s Choice Awards: Female Artist of 2019 (2019)
- Pollstar Awards: Best New Headliner (2020)
- RTHK Top 10 Gold Songs Awards: Top Ten International Gold Song-Gold: “Bad Guy” (2020), Super Gold Song-Gold “Bad Guy” (2020), Top Female Artist-Gold (2020)
- Rolling Stone’s International Music Awards: Beginner (2019)
- Space Shower Music Awards: Best International Artist (2019)
- Spotify Awards: Most-Streamed Female Artist – For Users From 13 to 17 Years Old (2019)
- TEC Awards: Outstanding Creative Achievement – Record Production/Single or Track: “Bad Guy” (2019)
- Teen Choice Awards: Choice Female Artist (2019), Choice Breakout Artist (2019),
- Telehit Awards: Best Anglo Video: “Bad Guy” (2019), Best Anglo Song: “Bad Guy” (2019), Best Solo Female Act (2019)
In 2019 Billie Eilish added even more distinction to her illustrious debut album run with When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? by landing on the Guinness World Records not once but twice. The two records that Billie Eilish set were Most Simultaneous US Hot 100 Entries by a Female and Youngest Female at No.1 on UK Albums Chart.
Recording Academy Grammy Award prizes are rewards that professional rappers, singers, and producers often spend decades of their musical careers pursuing in order to be crowned as kings and queens for their very best music creations.
With five Grammys already in Billie Eilish’s possession with just one Album and after just one ceremony, Eilish has already raised the stakes for her career, while still a teenager.