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Billie Eilish cleans up at Grammys

Billboard's 2019 Woman of the Year claimed all four major awards

Billie Eilish cleans up at Grammys
US singer-songwriter Billie Eilish accepts the award for Song of The Year for "Bad Guy" during the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on January 26, 2020, in Los Angeles. Image: AFP

Goth-inspired pop innovator Billie Eilish cleaned up at Sunday's Grammys, winning all four major awards including the prestigious Album of the Year prize.

The 18-year-old beat out stiff competition from viral hitmaker Lil Nas X and the year's most-nominated artist Lizzo.

Eilish soared to mainstream stardom over the past year, after having won a fervent online following for her in-your-face pop sound that can get a little creepy at times, with haunting melodies and heavy bass.

"Mainly I think the fans deserve everything. I feel like they have not been talked about enough tonight because they're the only reason any of us are here at all," she said. 

"So thanks to the fans."

She shared her success with her older brother Finneas O'Connell, her primary creative collaborator.

"We just make music in a bedroom together," said O'Connell. "We still do that and they let us do that. (...) This is to all of the kids making music in your bedrooms today - you're going to get one of these."

Eilish also offered a shoutout to pop sensation Ariana Grande, saying she in fact deserved Album of the Year for "thank u, next."

The teen star was among the leading Grammy nominees at Sunday's gala - just 17 when the shortlists came out, she is the youngest person ever nominated in all of the top four categories.

She scored a total of five awards on six nominations, including both Record and Song of the Year for "Bad Guy" - which made her the first musician born in the 2000s to top the Billboard Hot 100.

In claiming the spot, she finally booted Lil Nas X, the country-trap sensation whose viral hit "Old Town Road" set a record of 19 weeks atop the US songs list.

Eilish has been an outspoken advocate for action to tackle climate change, banning plastic straws at her shows and encouraging fans to bring their own refillable water bottles.

The artist named Billboard's 2019 Woman of the Year has also written and will perform the theme song for the upcoming James Bond film "No Time To Die." 

"I feel like I'm not supposed to be here," she told E! television on the red carpet before the gala. "Life is weird."

The 2020 event kicked off with an emotional tribute to the late NBA legend Kobe Bryant, whose sudden death in a helicopter crash left Los Angeles in tears on music's marquee night.

Before the star-studded event, Lizzo owned the stage at the Staples Centre with a show-stopping medley of her top hits - where Bryant made NBA history as a championship-winning Laker - and laid down the evening's overarching theme: "Tonight is for Kobe."

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