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How Did Billie Eilish Get Famous? 8 Facts You Didn't Know About The GRAMMY-Winning Singer
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How Did Billie Eilish Get Famous? 8 Facts You Didn't Know About The GRAMMY-Winning Singer

From her raw songcraft to her inimitable voice to her creative bond with her brother FINNEAS, Billie Eilish is a pop superstar. Here are eight facts to know.

GRAMMYs/Aug 1, 2022 - 04:40 pm

By now, it's safe to say that nobody sings like Billie Eilish.

Even at a pin-drop volume, her voice hits you in the solar plexus — which means it amounts to the ultimate vehicle for her astonishingly raw confessions. 

Better yet, she has a collaborator bonded by blood: FINNEAS is a mighty musician in his own right, and their adventurousness and trust is part of the reason Eilish has become one of the most revered superstars of her generation.

At this point, you've probably heard Eilish's name, or at least one of her songs, out in the ether. But do you want to know more about what makes Eilish a pop phenom? Look no further than this handy factsheet, which provides a springboard for the seven-time GRAMMY winner to be part of your musical life.

Without further ado, here are eight common questions about the "Happier Than Ever" singer — and, of course, the answers.

What Is Billie Eilish's Real Name?

You're looking at it… well, somewhat. Because Eilish's full name is actually Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell — a mellifluous mouthful!

But when the Angeleno singer/songwriter stormed onto the music scene in the mid-2010s, she shortened it to the first and last name known the world over.

What Are Billie Eilish's Biggest Songs?

Well, from a GRAMMYs perspective, her biggest songs are the following:

"Bad Guy," which won GRAMMYs for Record Of The Year and Song of the Year at the 2020 GRAMMYs, and was nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Pop Solo Performance.

"Everything I Wanted," which won a GRAMMY for Record Of The Year at the 2021 GRAMMYs, and was nominated for GRAMMYs for Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.

The titular theme from the James Bond flick No Time to Die, which won a GRAMMY for Best Song Written For Visual Media at the 2021 GRAMMYs.

Finally, "Happier Than Ever" was nominated for four GRAMMYs at the 2022 GRAMMYs — for Record Of​​ The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, and Best Music Video. (The hit single's namesake album was also nominated for Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.)

Is that the end of the story, though? Not at all — peep her Spotify numbers. “Bad Guy” leads the pack at more than 2 billion streams; “Lovely” (with Khalid) has 1.8 billion; “When the Party’s Over” has 1.3.

Plus, the RIAA database is another way to ascertain which songs made the biggest sales impacts.

Who Is Billie Eilish's Brother?

Why, none other than FINNEAS, who has worked with her throughout her young career and become her inseparable creative facilitator. Basically, whenever you hear an Eilish song, you're hearing her eight-time GRAMMY-winning brother, too. (He has one more golden gramophone than Eilish because he won a GRAMMY for Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical in 2020.)

"There's a lot of bulls—t articles about me now, about how I'm not just Billie Eilish's brother. Just being Billie Eilish's brother is all I ever wanna be," FINNEAS once declared

"I love Billie more than anything else," he continued, "and I'm so grateful to you and I love you."

What Is The Billie Eilish Documentary?

That would be the AppleTV+ documentary from 2021, Billie Eilish: The World's A Little Blurry. Or, perhaps you're talking about the Disney+ music film Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles, which was nominated for a GRAMMY in 2022 for Best Music Film.

Was Billie EIlish's First Song "Ocean Eyes"?

While "Ocean Eyes" was the song to pluck her from the sea of aspiring SoundCloud stars and put her on the map, it actually wasn't her first single. Her debut single was "Six Feet Under," which dropped in 2016 — just one day before “Ocean Eyes.” (At press time, “Six Feet Under boasts more than 368 million streams on Spotify.)

How Many GRAMMYs Has Billie Eilish Won?

To date, Eilish has won seven GRAMMYs and received 17 GRAMMY nominations — and is the youngest artist to sweep the General Field categories, which she accomplished in 2020.

Eilish and FINNEAS have performed at the 2020 and 2021 GRAMMYs. But their most meaningful GRAMMY moment to date might be when she performed "Happier Than Ever" in a thunderstorm at the 2022 GRAMMYs — where she paid tribute to Taylor Hawkins. (But don't forget when Ringo gave them a shout-out!)

Is Billie Eilish Involved With The Fashion & Lifestyle Industries?

Absolutely — she's appeared at the Met Gala, released her own fragrance and made her mark with her variety of visual aesthetics, from high-end, oversized couture to a now-iconic green-and-black ombre hairdo.

Does Billie Eilish Have A New Album Coming?

Well, she just released two new songs, “TV” and “The 30th,” bundled together on Spotify as Guitar Songs. And even though she has released a new album every two years so far (2019’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? and 2021’s Happier Than Ever), this points to new music just down the line — as she’s confirmed to the press.

However Eilish goes on to touch culture in a multitude of ways, it'll always come back to the music. Judging by how things have gone so far, she'll always have a legion of loyal fans patiently waiting for the next track.

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Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Aerosmith, Gwen Stefani And Blake Shelton To Perform At The 2020 GRAMMYs

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Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Aerosmith, Gwen Stefani And Blake Shelton To Perform At The 2020 GRAMMYs

Some of music's biggest stars will take the stage at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards, taking place Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, and broadcasting live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

GRAMMYs/Jan 8, 2020 - 07:32 pm

Get ready to #UnexpectEverything as the first wave of performers for the 62nd GRAMMY Awards has been announced. Artists taking the stage on Music's Biggest Night are first-time nominee breakout stars Billie Eilish and Lizzo, who will each make their GRAMMY stage debuts; powerhouse artists Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, who will take the GRAMMY stage together for the first time ever; and four-time GRAMMY winners and 2020 MusiCares Person of the Year Aerosmith, who will perform a medley of some of their legendary hits. It all goes down on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and broadcasted live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Rock icons Aerosmith make their triumphant return to the GRAMMY stage this month as performers, nearly 30 years after making their GRAMMY stage debut at the 33rd GRAMMY Awards in 1991. In addition to their career-spanning performance, the legendary band is also being honored as this year's MusiCares Person Of The Year, which will recognize their considerable philanthropic efforts over five decades as well as their undeniable impact on American music history. Through the years, Aerosmith have shown support for a number of charities around the world, including frontman Steven Tyler’s Janie’s Fund.

The 2020 GRAMMYs will also feature highly anticipated debut performances from two of the biggest breakout artists of the past two years: Billie Eilish and Lizzo. 

First-time GRAMMY nominee and performer Billie Eilish is in the running for some of the night's biggest awards, including: Best New Artist; Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for her 2019 album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?; and Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for album single "Bad Guy."

Lizzo, who received the most nominations at the 2020 GRAMMYs with a total of eight nods, is making her debut as both a GRAMMY nominee and performer this month. She's up for several major awards, including Best New Artist. Her 2019 album, Cuz I Love You [Deluxe], is also up for Album Of The Year and Best Urban Contemporary Album, while album track "Truth Hurts" is nominated for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. Album tracks "Exactly How I Feel" and "Jerome" are also nominated for Best R&B Performance and Best Traditional R&B Performance, respectively. 

Taking the GRAMMY stage together for the first time ever, three-time GRAMMY winner Gwen Stefani will perform alongside Blake Shelton, a current GRAMMY nominee who's up for Best Country Solo Performance for his 2019 track, "God’s Country."

Tune in to the 62nd GRAMMY Awards, which are once again hosted by Alicia Keys, on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, and broadcasting live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT to catch all these amazing performances and to see who will take home the night's biggest awards. 

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GRAMMY Museum To Debut Never-Before-Seen Content From Billie Eilish & FINNEAS, Brandi Carlile, Yola & Much More

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GRAMMY Museum To Debut Never-Before-Seen Content From Billie Eilish & FINNEAS, Brandi Carlile, Yola & Much More

During its COVID-19 closure, the museum will offer up digital Public Programs from its archives

GRAMMYs/Mar 18, 2020 - 05:00 pm

For the first time, The GRAMMY Museum will debut never-before-released digital Public Programs from their archive while the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles is closed until further notice in light of COVID-19. Billie Eilish and FINNEASBob Newhart, Brandi Carlile, Greta Van Fleet, Kool & The GangLarkin Poe, Scarypoolparty, X Ambassadors, and Yola are the first round of artists to be featured in the digital Public Programs series. The Museum’s Public Programs digital series features intimate sit-down interviews with artists and musicians in its 200-seat Clive Davis Theater from past programs.

Since the Museum opened 12-years-ago, it has offered more than 900 Public Programs. The Museum will release a new program on www.grammymuseum.org every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, beginning today with Scarypoolparty. The full March schedule is below.

DIGITAL PUBLIC PROGRAMS
3/18 – Scarypoolparty
3/21 – Yola
3/23 – Bob Newhart
3/25 – Larkin Poe
3/28 – X Ambassadors
3/30 – Brandi Carlile
4/1 – Billie Eilish and FINNEAS
4/4 – Greta Van Fleet
4/6 – Kool And The Gang

"At the GRAMMY Museum, we believe that music has the power to bring us together, strengthen our sense of community and drive us forward – especially in times when it feels like we are being pulled apart. We believe at its core, everything that we do is to better our community through music,” said Michael Sticka, GRAMMY Museum President. “The GRAMMY Museum’s doors may be closed, but our mission isn’t. This is about our community, nationwide, even globally. It is our privilege to share these never-before-released interviews by beloved artists with you and bring them into your homes. With these programs, we hope that people will find solace and inspiration."

The Museum will also be releasing exhibit slideshows that will feature past exhibitions every Friday, beginning this Friday, March 20 with X: 40 Years Of Punk in Los Angeles followed by next Friday, March 27 with Take Me Out To The Ball Game: Popular Music And The National Pastime. Gallery includes images of installation and artifacts, select media content featured in the exhibition, exhibit text, playlists, and captions.

Additionally, the Museum will release educational content and lesson plans via its website and digital platforms during the closure, continuing its mission of paying tribute to our musical heritage and bringing our community together through music. The Museum will be sharing daily playlists and thoughts curated by its staff, including the guest services and security team members in an effort to continue keeping all employees engaged during this closure. More educational and digital programming to be announced soon.

For more information and to watch the newly released Public Programs digital series, please go to: www.grammymuseum.org

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Billie Eilish Pays Tribute To Taylor Hawkins In A (Literally) Thunderous Performance Of "Happier Than Ever" | 2022 GRAMMYs

Rocking a T-shirt of late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, Billie Eilish and FINNEAS performed an explosive rendition of the ‘Happier Than Ever’ title track

GRAMMYs/Apr 4, 2022 - 01:33 am

While strolling through the watery wreckage of a perhaps once-happy home, Billie Eilish eased into her haunting song “Happier Than Ever,” from her GRAMMY-nominated 2021 album of the same name, while wearing an oversized Taylor Hawkins tee in mourning.

But the quietude was deceiving: after climbing the roof, she and brother/collaborator FINNEAS brought the tune to a hair-raising climax amid heavy weather, complete with a cooking guitar solo.

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The performance marks a major GRAMMYs for Eilish — for “Happier Than Ever,” she’s nominated for Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Music Video. She’s also nominated for Best Music Film, for Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter To Los Angeles.

Keep your eyes on the 2022 GRAMMYs to find out if Eilish — and her trusty sibling — will win the golden gramophone.

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Billie Eilish & FINNEAS Win Song Of The Year For "bad guy" | 2020 GRAMMYs

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Billie Eilish & FINNEAS Win Song Of The Year For "bad guy" | 2020 GRAMMYs

Billie Eilish's "bad guy" earns a big win for Song Of The Year at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards

GRAMMYs/Jan 27, 2020 - 08:48 am

Billie Eilish and FINNEAS just won Song Of The Year for their hit "bad guy" at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards. Eillish and her producer/big brother accepted the award together on stage.

Earlier in the show, the 18-year-old pop powerhouse performed "when the party's over" for her GRAMMY stage musical debut. She also won Best Pop Vocal Album, for her massive 2019 debut LP, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, which "bad guy" is on. FINNEAS earned Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical as well, for his work on the album.

By the end of Music's Biggest Night, each sibling went home with five golden gramophones each, including for Record Of The Year for "bad guy" and Album Of The Year for the LP. Celebrating her triumphant, non-conformist rise to pop stardom, Bilish also earned Best New Artist. Congrats you two!

Eight songs were in the running for Song Of The Year. The 2019 bop "bad guy" beat out fellow nominees "Always Remember Us This Way" by Lady Gaga, "Bring My Flowers Now" by Tanya Tucker, "Hard Place" by H.E.R., "Lover" by Taylor Swift, "Norman Fking Rockwell" by Lana Del Rey, "Someone You Loved" by Lewis Capaldi and "Truth Hurts" by Lizzo

Check out all the complete 62nd GRAMMYs nominees and winners list here.

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