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Billie Eilish Claimed the Four Biggest Grammy Awards in a Historic Sweep | RELEVANT Magazine

Billie Eilish Claimed the 4 Largest Grammy Awards in a Historic Sweep | RELEVANT Journal


The Billie Eilish story stays the perfect reveals on the town, because the 18-year-old wunderkind’s tossed-off assortment of kooky bed room pop is now one of the vital awarded albums in Grammy historical past. Eilish and her brother Finneas left Sunday night time’s Grammy Award Ceremony with awards for Track of the 12 months, Document of the 12 months, Album of the 12 months and Greatest New Artist. They name {that a} sweep within the enterprise, and she or he’s solely the second particular person in Grammy historical past to drag it off, the primary being Christopher Cross in 1981.

It was fairly an achievement, particularly contemplating her competitors, which ranged from promising newcomers like Lizzo and Lil Nas X to comparatively seasoned professionals like Ariana Grande and Lana Del Rey. Actually, Eilish used her acceptance speech to say she felt like Grande was the extra deserving artist. From the viewers, Grande blew her a kiss and appeared to shout “it’s your moment!”

Grande, Lizzo, Lil Nas X and Eilish all carried out as properly, and every placed on a wonderful present; from Grande’s sweeping medley of pop hits to Eilish’s somber piano ballad to the true show-stopper: Lil Nas X’s Endgamedegree assortment of stars for one more astonishing “Old Town Road” remix that includes Billy Ray Cyrus, BTS, Mason Ramsey and Diplo.

It was a feel-good second for a ceremony clouded in controversy in unhappiness. Quite a few tributes had been paid to Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash alongside together with his 13-year-old daughter Gigi and 7 different passengers. John Legend, Kirk Franklin and DJ Khaled added Bryant to a deliberate tribute to West Coast hip-hop icon Nipsey Hussle, who handed away final yr.

After which there was the behind-the-scenes drama of the Grammy Affiliation itself. Ten days in the past, the president and CEO of the Recording Academy, Deborah Dugan was suspended six months after she began underneath allegations that she’d bullied her workers. Dugan denied these allegations, saying the group was trying to silence a dizzying array of bombshell allegations she detailed in a memo after which expanded on in an Equal Employment Alternative Fee discrimination grievance.

Amongst different allegations, Dugan accuses her predecessor Neil Portnow of raping a feminine artist, that she was pressured to rent Portnow as a marketing consultant to the tune of $750,000, that she was sexually harassed final yr, together with accusations of a rigged voting course of and pay-to-play politicking behind closed doorways.

Portnow has denied the accusations.

So it’s honest to say these Grammy Awards occurred underneath a cloud, and it’s one host Alicia Keys gamely tried to navigate acknowledging that “it’s been a h— of a week!” whereas additionally conserving the present shifting alongside, introducing an Usher-led Prince tribute, a shifting ode to substance abuse from Demi Lovato and a not-terribly well-advised reunion between an growing older Aerosmith and a extra succesful Run DMC.

However Eilish was the identify on everybody’s lips when the credit ran, and her dumbfounded awe will in all probability gas her to even increased heights. “I feel like I joke around a lot, and I never take anything seriously at these kinds of things,” she mentioned at her first of a number of acceptance speeches. “But I genuinely want to say I’m so grateful. AndI only want to say that I’m grateful, and I’m so honored to be here amongst all of you.”

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