Winning Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards is one of the most prestigious recognitions a musician can ever hope to receive. Yet, 18-year-old singer Billie Eilish who won the coveted award yesterday evening at the 2020 Grammys for her album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? believes someone else is more deserving: Ariana Grande. The record-breaking youngest artist to ever receive the award took the stage to announce Thank U, Next should have been the rightful recipient during her acceptance speech to the surprise of many, including Grande herself.
“Can I just say I think Ariana deserves this? I think it deserves [Album of the Year] like more than anything in the world. I love you so much,” Eilish said, crediting the platinum album to helping her get through some difficult times to which she received air kisses, tears, and disagreeing head shakes from Grande. “I’m not going to waste your time, I’m really not. I love you, thank you for this.”
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Both young pop sensations garnered several Grammy nominations, with Eilish taking home five awards out of the six in the biggest categories of the night including Song of the Year and Record of the Year for “Bad Guy”, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best New Artist, becoming the first in almost 40 years to sweep the four top awards. Even though Grande wasn’t named the winner in her five categories, she was easily one of the best-dressed stars of the night in an award-worthy dramatic grey tulle Giambattista Valli gown and matching over-the-elbow gloves.
This isn’t the first time Eilish has displayed love and support for her fellow Billboard Woman of the Year honoree. When asked who she would switch lives with if possible in a previous interview, Eilish immediately exclaimed Grande because “can you imagine opening your mouth and that comes out?” Even when the Grammy nominations were first announced, Eilish took a moment to heap praises on the “7 Rings” singer’s vocals and her “unreal” ability to make two hit albums during a tough period of her life. “Ariana deserves a lot, especially because she did all of that while she was having the worst year of her life, and that’s very impressive to me,” Eilish said on an American radio show. In an industry that is often found pitting women against women, it’s heartwarming to see a supportive female friendship like Eilish & Grande’s built on mutual admiration and respect.