Our girl Billie Eilish made history at the 62nd Grammy Awards last night. At only 18 years old, she became the youngest winner of Album of the Year with her debut album, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” She also became the second person to sweep four major categories in one year since 1981.
This night should be as historic for her as it was for us. But before she won Album of the Year, she was caught in camera, mouthing the words: “Please don’t be me.”
Her fellow nominees were Ariana Grande, Bon Iver, Lana Del Rey, H.E.R, Lil Nas X, Lizzo, and Vampire Weekend. Sure, Billie Eilish wasn’t exactly our top pick for this category. Maybe you’re like us, tired of the annual Lana Del Rey Grammy’s slander. But it’s kind of sad Billie herself admitted she wasn’t her top pick for Album of the Year either.
As the nominees were called, Billie silently hoped it wasn’t her category to win. She mouthed the words “please don’t be me'” before they called her name. She then yelled “no,” then proceeded to give a shoutout to pop princess Ariana Grande on stage.
“Please don’t be me. Please.”
this is just sick. people keep hating on billie eilish and making her feel bad for her successes, she’s talented as fuck, let her be awarded for it, don’t put her down, remember she’s EIGHTEEN. pic.twitter.com/SRqwgI6PIU
— U̶n̶k̶n̶o̶w̶n̶ (@nightlyblossom) January 27, 2020
“Can I just say that I think Ariana deserves this?” says Billie. “‘Thank U, Next’ got me through some shit, and I think it deserves this more than anything in the world. I love you, thank you so much.”
As the Victorious meme goes, “I think we ALL have our winners.” Clearly, Billie had her picks of the night too. But doesn’t she deserve to feel fulfillment at her win, at least? Doesn’t she deserve to feel her damn oats?
Disappointed viewers were quick to vent online. Most of them pitted Billie against their faves. They also compared the 18-year-old with fellow artist Lana del Rey, who was again snubbed by the award-giving body. Billie doesn’t deserve this amount of backlash at all.
Some might say this is her keeping it on the humble. As for me, it’s anxiety on display for everyone to see. I’m not exactly the biggest Billie Eilish stan. Still, I’m not going to make someone feel bad about their growth and success.
Come on, internet. Don’t you have something better to do than put a teenager down?
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