27 Jan 2020

Billie Eilish sweeps Grammy Awards with top four prizes

8:00 pm on 27 January 2020

Teen sensation Billie Eilish has swept the Grammy Awards, winning all four top prizes - album, song, record of the year and best new artist - in a rare feat at the music industry's highest honors.

18-year-old pop star Billie Eilish and her brother and producer Finneas O'Connell with their combined Grammys haul.

Photo: AFP / Amanda Edwards / Getty Images

Eilish, an 18-year-old newcomer with a unique sound, won for her debut studio album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? while her hit single "Bad Guy" was named record of the year and song of the year. In all, she took home five awards.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Billie Eilish attends the Universal Music Group's 2020 Grammy after party presented by Lenovo at Rolling Greens Nursery on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

Billie Eilish at the Grammys afterparty. Photo: Amy Sussman / Getty Images for Universal Music Group / AFP

She is only the second person, and the youngest, to win all four top Grammys at the same event today.

Eilish, distinguished by her green hair and baggy clothes, recorded the album with her brother Finneas in the bedroom of their Los Angeles home. Finneas also won the Grammy for non classical producer of the year.

They seemed taken aback by their Grammy haul, which saw them triumph over established stars including Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and rapper Post Malone.

"We didn't make this album to win a Grammy. We wrote about depression and suicidal thoughts and environmental change," Finneas said as the pair accepted the awards. "We stand up here confused and grateful."

Asked backstage what she would do next, Eilish said, "Being in this moment is all I'm thinking about... I'm gonna do whatever I feel."

The Grammy Awards show opened with a dedication to basketball star Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter accident earlier and whose Los Angeles Lakers team has its home at Grammy venue the Staples Center.

"We are literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built," said Grammy host Alicia Keys. "We never imagined in a million years we'd have to start the show like this."

Lizzo performs onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

Lizzo performs at the Grammys Photo: Kevin Winter / Getty Images for The Recording Academy / AFP

R&B star Lizzo won three of her eight nominations, while gay black country rapper Lil Nas X took two for his viral "Old Town Road" collaboration with Billy Ray Cyrus.

Lil Nas X, 20, wearing a cowboy hat and silver lure suit, and country singer Billy Ray Cyrus dazzled the house with a kitschy performance of the hit, with contributions from stars ranging from K-Pop band BTS to young yodeler Mason Ramsey.

"He told the world he was gay and overnight he became an inspiration and a role model for hundreds of young people around the world," comedian Ellen DeGeneres, who is also gay, said as she introduced Lil Nas X.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Lil Nas X, winner of Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "Old Town Road" and Best Music Video for "Old Town Road (Official Movie)", poses in the press room during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

Lil Nas X with his Grammys Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images for The Recording Academy / AFP

Grande performed a medley of hits from her break-up album Thank u, Next, including "7 Rings" and "Imagine" but won none of the five Grammys for which she was nominated.

Rapper Nipsey Hussle, 33, who was gunned down in his Los Angeles neighborhood last year, won two Grammys and was honored in a tribute by John Legend, DJ Khaled and rapper Meek Mill.

Gwen Stefani and fiance Blake Shelton held hands as they debuted their new romantic duet "Nobody But You", while Camila Cabello sang her recent single "First Man" to her tearful father in the audience. Demi Lovato won a standing ovation in her first performance at a major awards show since a drugs overdose in 2018.

The Grammy winners are chosen by members of the Recording Academy, which is currently embroiled in a dispute over the departure of its new chief executive Deborah Dugan and her allegations of conflicts of interest in the nominations process. The Recording Academy has denied the allegations.

- Reuters

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