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Billie Eilish
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Eilish at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards
Born
Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell

(2001-12-18) December 18, 2001 (age 20)
Occupation
  • Singer-songwriter
Years active 2015–present
Parent(s)
  • Maggie Baird (mother)
Relatives Finneas O'Connell (brother)
Awards Full list
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
Labels
Associated acts Finneas

Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell ( EYE-lish; born December 18, 2001) is an American singer-songwriter. She first gained attention in 2015 when she uploaded the song "Ocean Eyes" to SoundCloud, which was subsequently released by the Interscope Records subsidiary Darkroom. The song was written and produced by her brother Finneas O'Connell, with whom she collaborates on music and live shows. Her debut EP, Don't Smile at Me (2017), became a sleeper hit, reaching the top 15 in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia.

Eilish's debut studio album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019), debuted atop the US Billboard 200, reached number-one in the UK, and became one of the best-selling albums of 2019. The album's fifth single "Bad Guy" became her first number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2020, she performed the theme song "No Time to Die" for the James Bond film of the same name, which became her first number-one single in the UK. Her later singles "Everything I Wanted", "My Future", and "Therefore I Am" peaked within the top 10 in the US and UK.

Her accolades include seven Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, two Guinness World Records, three MTV Video Music Awards, and one Brit Award. She is the youngest person and the second in history to win the four main Grammy categories—Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year—in the same year. In 2019, Time magazine placed her on their inaugural Time 100 Next list. Eilish is the 26th-highest-certified artist of the digital singles era, according to the RIAA.

Early life

Billie Eilish and Maggie Baird Nov 2018
With her mother Maggie Baird in Atlanta, Georgia

Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell was born on December 18, 2001, in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of teacher, actress, and screenwriter Maggie Baird, and construction worker Patrick O'Connell, who worked part-time as an actor, appearing in films like Iron Man (2008). Both her parents are amateur musicians. She is of Irish and Scottish descent. The singer's middle name, Eilish, was originally meant to be her first name, while Pirate (proposed by her brother Finneas, four years her senior) was to be her middle name. She was conceived via in vitro fertilization. She was brought up in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

While she was homeschooled, her mother taught her and Finneas the basics of songwriting. O'Connell and her brother had worked together on some music, while he had been writing and producing his own songs and performing with his band. O'Connell said her brother and her mother inspired her to get into music. Their parents encouraged the siblings to express themselves and explore whatever they wanted, including art, dancing and acting. O'Connell wrote her first "real" song at age 11 for her mother's songwriting class. The song is about the zombie apocalypse, inspired by the television series The Walking Dead from which she took script lines and episode titles that she added to the song as part of the assignment. O'Connell had gone on some acting auditions, which she disliked; however, she enjoyed recording background dialogue for crowd scenes and worked on the films Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Ramona and Beezus, and the X-Men series. She performed at talent shows and joined the Los Angeles Children's Chorus at age eight.

Awards and nominations

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, nominee(s) of the award, award category, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Work Result Ref.
American Music Awards 2019 New Artist of the Year Billie Eilish Won
Favorite Social Artist Nominated
Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist Nominated
Favorite Alternative Artist Won
Favorite Music Video "Bad Guy" Nominated
Favorite Pop/Rock Album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Nominated
2020 Favorite Alternative Artist Billie Eilish Nominated
Favorite Social Artist Nominated
Apple Music Awards 2019 Global Artist of the Year Won
Songwriter of the Year Won
Album of the Year When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Won
ARIA Music Awards 2019 Best International Artist Nominated
ASCAP Pop Music Awards 2019 Vanguard Award Billie Eilish & Finneas Won
BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards 2018 Best Social Media Star Billie Eilish Nominated
2019 Best International Solo Artist Nominated
Best Single "Bad Guy" Nominated
Billboard Live Music Awards 2019 Concert and Marketing Promotions Uber Eats x Khalid x Billie Eilish Activation at South by South Nominated
Billboard Music Awards 2020 Top Artist Billie Eilish Nominated
Top New Artist Won
Top Female Artist Won
Top Billboard 200 Artist Nominated
Top Hot 100 Artist Nominated
Top Streaming Songs Artist Nominated
Top Song Sales Artist Nominated
Top Social Artist Nominated
Top Billboard 200 Album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Won
Top Hot 100 Song "Bad Guy" Nominated
Top Streaming Song Nominated
Top Selling Song Nominated
Billboard Women in Music 2019 Women of the Year Billie Eilish Won
Bravo Otto 2019 Best International Singer Gold
BreakTudo Awards 2018 Best International New Artist Nominated
2019 Best International Female Artist Nominated
International Music Video of the Year "Bad Guy" Nominated
Album of the Year When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Nominated
2020 International Hit "Everything I Wanted" Nominated
International Female Artist Billie Eilish Nominated
Brit Awards 2020 International Female Solo Artist Won
Clio Awards 2019 Music Videos "When the Party's Over" Gold
Event Design Billie Eilish Experience (Spotify In House) Gold
Clio grand: 61 Seconds to Five Minutes "Share Your Gifts" Won
Danish Music Awards 2019 Foreign Album of the Year When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Won
GAFFA Awards (Norway) 2018 Best Foreign Song "When the Party's Over" Nominated
GAFFA Awards (Sweden) 2019 Best Foreign New Act Billie Eilish Won
Global Awards 2020 Best Female Nominated
Best Song "Bad Guy" Nominated
Gold Derby Music Awards 2021 Billie Eilish Artist of the Year Nominated
"Everything I Wanted" Song of the Year Nominated
Record of the Year Nominated
Grammy Awards 2020 Best New Artist Billie Eilish Won
Album of the Year When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Won
Best Pop Vocal Album Won
Record of the Year "Bad Guy" Won
Song of the Year Won
Best Pop Solo Performance Nominated
2021 Record of the Year "Everything I Wanted" Won
Song of the Year Nominated
Best Pop Solo Performance Nominated
Best Song Written for Visual Media "No Time to Die" Won
iHeartRadio MMVAs 2018 Fan Fave New Artist Billie Eilish Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards 2019 Best New Rock/Alternative Artist Nominated
2020 Female Artist of the Year Won
Alternative Rock Artist of the Year Won
Song of the Year "Bad Guy" Nominated
Alternative Rock Song of the Year Won
Best Lyrics Nominated
Best Music Video Nominated
Best Remix "Bad Guy (Remix)" (with Justin Bieber) Nominated
Alternative Rock Album of the Year When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Won
Juno Awards 2020 International Album of the Year Won
LOS40 Music Awards 2019 Best International New Artist Billie Eilish Nominated
Best International Album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Won
Best International Video "Bad Guy" Nominated
Melon Music Awards 2019 Top 10 Artists Billie Eilish Longlisted
Best Pop Song "Bad Guy" Won
Best Song Nominated
Meus Prêmios Nick 2020 Favorite International Artist Billie Eilish Nominated
Fandom of the Year Nominated
Favorite International Hit "Everything I Wanted" Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards 2019 Best Song "Bad Guy" Won
Best Video Nominated
Best New Act Billie Eilish Won
Best Push Act Nominated
Biggest Fans Nominated
Best US Act Nominated
2020 Best Video "Everything I Wanted" Nominated
MTV Millennial Awards 2019 Global Instagrammer Billie Eilish Nominated
Global Hit "Bad Guy" Won
MTV Millennial Awards Brazil 2020 "Everything I Wanted" Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards 2019 Artist of the Year Billie Eilish Nominated
Best New Artist Won
Push Artist of the Year Won
Video of the Year "Bad Guy" Nominated
Best Pop Video Nominated
Best Direction Nominated
Best Editing Won
Song of the Summer Nominated
Best Visual Effects "When the Party's Over" Nominated
Best Cinematography "Hostage" Nominated
2020 Video of the Year "Everything I Wanted" Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
Video for Good "All the Good Girls Go to Hell" Nominated
Best Cinematography Nominated
Best Visual Effects Nominated
Best Direction "Xanny" Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2019 Best New International Artist Video "Bad Guy" Won
Video of the Year Nominated
MTV Video Play Awards 2019 Winning Video Won
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards Abu Dhabi 2019 Favorite International Star Billie Eilish Won
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2019 Favorite Breakout Artist Won
2020 Favorite Female Artist Nominated
Favorite Song "Bad Guy" Won
2021 Favorite Female Artist Billie Eilish Nominated
NRJ Music Awards 2019 International Breakthrough of the Year Won
Video of the Year "Bad Guy" Nominated
2020 International Female Artist of the Year Billie Eilish Nominated
NME Awards 2020 Best Album in the World When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Nominated
Best Song in the World "Bad Guy" Won
Best Solo Act in the World Billie Eilish Nominated
People's Choice Awards 2019 Female Artist of the Year Won
Song of the Year "Bad Guy" Nominated
Music Video of the Year Nominated
Album of the Year When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Nominated
2020 Female Artist of the Year Billie Eilish Nominated
Pollstar Awards 2020 Best Pop Tour When We All Fall Asleep Tour Nominated
Best New Headliner Billie Eilish Won
Q Awards 2019 Best Solo Artist Nominated
Best Act in the World Today Nominated
Best Track "Bad Guy" Nominated
Best Album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Nominated
Queerty Awards 2020 Anthem "Bad Guy" Nominated
Rockbjörnen 2019 Foreign Song of the Year Nominated
RTHK Top 10 Gold Songs Awards 2020 Top Ten International Gold Song Gold
Super Gold Song Gold
Top Female Artist Billie Eilish Gold
Rolling Stone's International Music Awards 2019 Beginner Won
Space Shower Music Awards 2019 Best International Artist Won
Spotify Awards 2019 Most-Streamed Female Artist Nominated
Most-Streamed Female Artist on Consoles Nominated
Most-Streamed Female Artist – For Users From 13 to 17 Years Old Won
Most-Streamed Female Artist – For Users From 18 to 29 Years Old Nominated
Swiss Music Awards 2019 Best International Solo Act Won
Best International Breaking Act Won
TEC Awards 2019 Outstanding Creative Achievement – Record Production/Single or Track "Bad Guy" Won
Teen Choice Awards 2019 Choice Song: Female Artist Nominated
Choice Female Artist Billie Eilish Won
Choice Breakout Artist Won
Telehit Awards 2019 Best Anglo Video "Bad Guy" Won
Best Anglo Song Won
People's Best Video Nominated
Best Solo Female Act Billie Eilish Won
UK Music Video Awards 2019 Best Pop Video – International "When the Party's Over" Nominated

Other accolades

World records

Key
Indicates a record that was eventually broken Indicates a now former record holder
Name of publication, year the record was awarded, name of the record, and the name of the record holder
Publication Year World record Record holder Ref.
Guinness World Records 2019 Most simultaneous US Hot 100 entries by a female dagger Billie Eilish
Youngest female at No.1 on UK albums chart Billie Eilish

Personal life

Eilish has an older brother, Finneas, who worked with her on some of her musical projects. She was part of the Los Angeles Children's Chorus and was home-schooled with her brother. Her mother is actress Maggie Baird.

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