Singer-songwriter Billie Eilish became the first woman and second person in history to win all “big four” Grammy Awards in the same year: Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist.
Known for hits such as “bad guy” (2019) and “everything i wanted” (2019), 18-year-old Eilish is also the youngest person in history to win Album of the Year and Record of the Year.
With her unique sound and powerful writing, Eilish has been incredibly successful and risen to the top of the charts at an impressive rate, especially for someone her age.
Her brother, Finneas, known for his hits “Break My Heart Again” (2018) and “Let’s Fall in Love for the Night” (2019), is also her music producer and at 22-years-old, the youngest person to win Producer of the Year.
Tom Brooks, director of the Commercial Music Program at California Baptist University, said the music industry is changing with Billie Eilish.
“Billie and her brother — also producer and arranger — Finneas are a very interesting topic, with how it points to the future of music production and the music industry,” Brooks said.
Brooks said he has discussed Eilish with his students and how she relates to the future of the music industry.
“We’ve discussed this in all my classes and I think our students are interested in this new direction,” Brooks said.
Emmalee Chastain, freshman environmental science major, said she is happy Eilish won four major Grammy awards.
“I see her as a successful singer and I believe she deserved it for how hard she has worked at her age,” Chastain said.
Ray Napoles, freshman architecture major, said Eilish is a good role model for the current generation.
“Billie Eilish is a person who isn’t afraid to be her true self, and I feel that it is a great representation for people in this younger generation,” Napoles said.
Napoles added that Eilish definitely deserved the award for all of her hard work.
“I believe that she truly deserved her Grammy wins as she works hard at her craft and you can hear the passion in her music,” Napoles said.
Eilish has not only made her mark on the music industry but is also set to have a documentary about her life released by Apple in 2020.