Los Angeles (AFP) – Pop icon Billie Eilish cleaned up at the Grammys on Sunday, winning five awards, as the music world mourned the loss of LA’s hometown basketball hero Kobe Bryant with a series of emotional tributes.
Eilish, 18, swept the “big four” prizes — Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist — in an industry acknowledgment of her wave-making role as the new reference point for pop’s future.
“What’s next? I don’t know — be in this moment is all I’m thinking about,” Eilish told reporters backstage.
“Mainly I think the fans deserve everything,” she said, standing alongside her brother Finneas O’Connell, who shared in her Grammy glory while also winning his own producing and engineering awards.
“I feel like they have not been talked about enough tonight because they’re the only reason any of us are here at all. So thanks to the fans.”
And she gave a shoutout to Grande, who despite five nominations went home empty-handed, saying that Grande’s “thank u, next,” had been a lifesaver for her.
“I think it deserves more than anything in the world, I love you so much,” Eilish said.