Before 2020 turned into a total mess, one of the leading stories of the year was how Billie Eilish simply went off at the Grammy Awards.
She became the youngest person ever to win at least one of the four top honors of Best Record, Album, Song or New Artist, and the first in nearly 40 years to sweep all four categories. All told, she walked away with five Grammys out of total nominations.
Her brother and go-to producer Finneas took home five of his own Grammys, including for Best Engineered Album and Producer of the Year, giving the pair 11 total trophies. Numbers on the boards!
At 18 years old, however, Eilish was visibly embarrassed and shocked at the extent of her success, even begging, “Please don’t be me,” before beating Ariana Grande’s thank u, next for Album of the Year.
Not many people can relate to this kind of experience. Speaking with Jimmy Fallon alongside Finneas, Eilish admitted she “was very overwhelmed, but only in a way of, ‘It’s so amazing – I can’t believe it,’ not like, ‘I don’t want to [accept the award].'”
She added, “It’s just, how can you feel like you deserve that kind of thing?”
Nevertheless, there was one person who reached out after the wild night to dish some game: 15-time winner (and 21-year-senior to Eilish) Alicia Keys. Keys saw firsthand how uncomfortable Eilish was feeling, as she handed her one of her Grammys.
Eilish recalled, “[Alicia] called me and she was like, ‘I just wanted to say don’t be embarrassed for being dope.” Watch the full interview below.