Grammys 2020: Billie Eilish Says Ariana Grande Should Have Won Album of the Year Instead During Acceptance Speech

Billie Eilish used her acceptance speech for Album of the Year at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards last night (January 26) to praise fellow nominee Ariana Grande, saying that the 26-year-old singer deserved the award instead of her.

The 18-year-old, who won five awards on the night, took to the stage after winning "Album of the Year" for her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? and used her speech to praise Grande. "Can I just say that Ariana [Grande] deserves this. Thank U, Next got me through some s*** and I think it deserves more than anything in the world. I love you," she said.

A video of the acceptance speech was widely shared on Twitter, with the hashtag #scammys trending after Grande failed to win a single award on the night, despite receiving five nominations.

Eilish had opposite fortunes on the night, winning in five of the six categories she was nominated in. The singer of hits such as "bad guy", "everything i wanted" and "bury a friend", bagged herself the "Big Four" awards on Sunday evening, making her the first woman and second person in history to do so.

Taking place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, Eilish was honored with winning the awards for album, record and song of the year, as well as best new artist—also known as the "Big Four"—as well as a fifth award for "Best Pop Vocal Album". This achievement cements her place in music history as being the first woman to do so. According to Billboard, the first artist to do this was Christopher Cross nearly 40 years ago.

The 18 year old's win also means she has become the youngest person to win "Album of the Year"—taking the crown from Taylor Swift who was 20 when she won the same award for 2008 album Fearless. When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? peaked at No.1 on the Billboard 200 in April 2019 and stayed in the album chart for 42 weeks.

The Los Angeles native is also the youngest person to win "Record of the Year" in Grammy history, a title that was shared by Kimbra and Sam Smith for songs "Somebody That I Used to Know," in which Kimbra was the featured artist—(2012) and "Stay with Me" (2014). The winning record, "bad guy" peaked at No. 1 in the Hot 100 charts in August 2019 and stayed in the charts for 42 weeks.

Eilish is also the youngest "Best New Artist" winner since LeAnn Rimes—14 when she took the 1996 award— as the below chart from Statista shows and the youngest "Song of the Year" winner since Lorde—she was aged 17—when she won the 2013 award for co-writing "Royals". She is also the first person since Norah Jones to win "Album of the Year" with a debut album, according to Billboard.

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A chart showing the youngest Grammy winners of all time. Billie Eilish is the latest youngest Grammy winner, taking home all the "Big Four" awards. Statista.com

The year 2019 and now 2020 has been a successful one for Eilish. The American singer-songwriter won three awards at the Video Music Awards (VMAs) in August 2019 and two at the American Music Awards. In both, she also secured the awards for "Best New Artist" beating "Truth Hurts" singer Lizzo.

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Billie Eilish poses with her awards in the press room during the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. The singer-songwriter also shared awards with her brother and producer, Finneas. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

In recent weeks, Eilish, with her brother and producer Finneas, announced that they will write and perform the theme song for the latest James Bond film, No Time to Die—which put Eilish in the history books for being the youngest artist to have the honor. Speaking at the time, Eilish said in a press release: "It feels crazy to be a part of this in every way. To be able to score the theme song to a film that is part of such a legendary series is a huge honor.

"James Bond is the coolest film franchise ever to exist. I'm still in shock."

Her older brother, Finneas, 22, also became the youngest winner of "Producer of the Year" in the non classical category's history. He won six awards during the night, one more than Eilish, taking home the award for "Best Engineered Album" in the non classical category. The siblings shared four awards for "Best Album", "Records of the Year", "Best Song of the Year" and "Best Pop Vocal Album".

In her speech for "Best New Artist", Eilish spoke about honoring and thanking her fans, which she believed hadn't been "talked about" ahead of her award win. "[The fans] are the only reason any of us are here at all," she says to a cheering crowd. "So thank you to the fans."

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