Billie Eilish is an American singer-songwriter who is the youngest person in history to win the four major Grammy categories in the same year. She is second in line to Christopher Cross to do so. She was 18 when she won the most coveted Album of the Year (AOTY). She broke singer-songwriter Taylor Swift’s record as the youngest artist in history to win AOTY. Swift was 20 when she won AOTY. She is the first female artist in history to win the four main Grammy awards. Eilish first gained attention in 2015 with her song ‘Ocean Eyes’ which she uploaded to SoundCloud. Don’t Smile at Me (2017), her debut EP became a sleeper hit.
Billie Eilish whose full name is Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell was born on 18 December 2001 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She was conceived through Vitro fertilization. Her mother Maggie Baird is a teacher, actress, voice artist and screenwriter. Her father Patrick O’Connell is a construction worker who has worked part-time in films like Iron Man (2008). Her parents are also amateur musicians. She has a four years older brother, Finneas O’Connell who is a singer-songwriter, record producer and actor. He has written and produced music for various artists most notably for Billie.
Billie Eilish has not gained any formal education. She was homeschooled by her mother. Her mother taught her and Finneas the basics of songwriting. Their parents encouraged both the siblings to explore whatever they wanted, be it art, dancing, acting or music and express themselves. They learned dancing from Revolution Dance Center, Los Angeles.
Billie Eilish was 13 when she started working on songs with her brother Finneas. Finneas had been writing and producing music for several years and had his band, The Slightlys. ‘She’s Broken’ and ‘Fingers Crossed’ are the first songs they recorded together which they uploaded on SoundCloud for fun.
In 2015 Eilish released the song ‘Ocean Eyes’ which was written, mixed and produced by Finneas. Within two weeks the song received several hundred thousand listens. This led Danny Rukasin, Finneas’ manager to discuss Eilish’s potential who believed that she could achieve success with Finneas’ help. In March 2016 a music video was released on Eilish’s official YouTube channel. Both the song and Eilish received praise from various media outlets, radio stations and music supervisors.
Billie Eilish’s second single ‘Six Feet Under’ was released in June 2016. In August 2016 Eilish was signed by Justin Lubliner to Darkroom Interscope Records. They re-released ‘Ocean Eyes’ and ‘Six Feet Under’ as singles for digital download and streaming. In 2017 Billie Eilish released an EP with four remixes of ‘Ocean Eyes’ and another EP with remixes of ‘Six Feet Under’. Eilish released her debut EP, Don’t Smile At Me on 11 August 2017 which reached number 14 on the Billboard 200. In January 2019 Billie became the youngest artist to top 1 billion streams on a project when Don’t Smile At Me reached 1 billion streams on Spotify.
Billie Eilish released her album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (WWFA, WDWG) on 29 March 2019. The album debuted at number one on Billboard 200 making her the first artist born in the 2000s to have a number 1 album in the USA. She also the youngest female to have a number one album on UK Album Charts. In August her fifth single from the album, Bad Guy peaked at number one in the US breaking Lil Nas X’s record of 19 weeks at number 1. She is the youngest artist to have a number 1 single since singer-songwriter Lorde.
In November 2019 Billie Eilish received 6 Grammy nominations. She was nominated in the four main Grammy categories- Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist as well as for Pop Vocal Album and Pop Solo Performace. In the same month, she was also announced as 2019’s Billboard Woman of the Year.
The net worth of Billie Eilish is estimated to be $53 million. Currently, she is one of the youngest millionaires in the music industry. Billie owns Dodge Challenger SRT which is worth $78,000. Her net worth doubled in 2019 due to her partnership with Apple Music which took copyright for a documentary about her life. The documentary deal earned her $25 million. In 2020 Billie Eilish featured on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list with earnings of $53 million becoming the youngest person to feature on the list.