Billie Eilish Is the First Woman to Do This at the GRAMMYs

Another night of history for the 18-year-old star

January 27, 2020
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The 2020 GRAMMY Awards belonged to Billie Eilish, with the “bad guy” singer sweeping the top four categories of the night, cementing her spot in music history. Eilish won five of the six awards she was nominated for, including Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and Record of the Year.

Already the youngest ever to be nominated for all of the top four, she added another distinction as music’s biggest night came to a close. Eilish is now the only woman ever to win all of the four biggest awards of the night, and the first person to do it since Christopher Cross did in 1981.

Billie is now also the youngest Album of the Year winner in history, topping Taylor Swift who won for Fearless at the age of 20. The 18-year-old is also the youngest Record of the Year winner, besting Kimbra for “Somebody That I Used To Know” with Gotye and Sam Smith for “Stay With Me.” Both won the honor at the age of 22.

There is still room in the record books for others, with LeAnn Rimes remaining the youngest-ever Best New Artist winner. The singer took the honor at the age of 14 back in 1996. Lorde also remains the youngest Song of the Year winner, for co-writing “Royals” and winning at the age of 17.

Eilish accepted three of the big four awards with her brother and collaborator FINNEAS, who also won Producer of the Year, Non-Classical. He just so happens to be the youngest ever for that award, at the age of 22.

Not bad for an album made in the bedrooms of the two siblings, taking personal issues like depression and pain and turning it into a movement. When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? already feels like an album that will live on forever, and despite all the controversy surround this year’s ceremony, one of the times that the GRAMMYs got it right.

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