The 18-year-old singer is up in six categories, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist. In fact, she’s already made history by becoming the youngest artist to ever earn nominations in all four of the award show’s major categories.
Still the “bad guy” star faces some tough competition. Lizzo heads into the night with eight nominations—the most of any nominee this year. Lil Nas X also has a total of six nods. However, fans will just have to tune in this Sunday night to see who takes home the trophy.
Life has certainly changed for Eilish since she released “Ocean Eyes” on SoundCloud back in 2016. From securing award nominations and topping the charts to touring around the world and writing music for movies, the musician has had several memorable moments.
And yet, Eilish has remained completely relatable and real with her fans.
Need proof? Check out the gallery below.
When she got real about social media:
“I used to read every single comment and every picture I was tagged in and respond to every single DM, but now I barely go on Instagram because I can’t handle that shit,” she told NME in January. “F–k that shit. I just don’t wanna see all the horrible things people say. I don’t wanna see that I should have died instead of this artist. It takes not looking at my phone to stop myself from engaging. I had to delete Twitter in March because of it. Nobody is going to win. If somebody said something to me in person, I’d beat their ass.”
When she got real about the industry:
“This industry is f–king horrible, but if I wasn’t doing this I would probably be miserable because this is always what I’ve wanted,” she told NME. “No matter how horrible fame is and how horrible this and that is: a lot of things make all of this worth it, y’know?”
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When she got real about child actors:
“I went on, like, two auditions,” she told Rolling Stone in August. “So lame. This creepy, cold room. All these kids that looked exactly the same. Most actor kids are psychopaths.”
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When she got real about the demands of her career:
“We can’t have this be the rest of our lives. We were talking about it the other day, we’re just like, ‘I’m 17, dude.’ I can’t have my life exactly like this forever, and he can’t either,” she told Beats 1’s Zane Lowe in April, noting that her brother Finneas O’Connell just bought a house with his girlfriend and got a dog. “It’s a weird balance, because I want to grow in my life, and grow up and have a life. But I already have my career. … Having been on tour, I know how it works. I know that you leave and it’s a little bit of your friends being sad. Then, you’re gone for long enough that life moves on and they keep doing things. It’s the same way as if someone dies. You have to keep going. You shouldn’t be mourning them every two seconds for the rest of your life. You have to keep going.”
When she got real about the reaction to her wardrobe:
“I’ve spoken a lot to female artists about this, because if you’re not a female artist you probably don’t think about this,” she told NME. “If I was a guy and I was wearing these baggy clothes, nobody would bat an eye. There’s people out there saying, ‘Dress like a girl for once! Wear tight clothes you’d be much prettier and your career would be so much better!’ No it wouldn’t. It literally would not.”‘
When she got real about mourning a controversial friend:
“I want to be able to mourn, I don’t want to be shamed for it,” she told UK outlet the Independent in April regarding the reaction to her feelings following XXXTentacion’s murder in 2018. “I don’t think I deserve getting hate for loving someone that passed.”
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When she got real about her love for an iconic NBC comedy:
“When I wake up, I put on The Office. If I’m making a burrito, I turn on The Office,” she told Elle in March. “I need the distraction so I don’t think. It’s like therapy for me. I have way too much to think about and people [I don’t want] to disappoint.”
When she got real about her feelings on advice:
“I don’t really believe in advice,” she told Rolling Stone. “Sometimes when I’m given advice, I do the opposite. It’s just how I’ve been my whole life. Nobody has ever been through exactly what you’re going through, ever.”
When she got real about ageism in the industry:
“When older people say, ‘What do you know about things like love?’, I know more about it than you do because I’m feeling it for the first time right now, whereas you haven’t felt that for a long time,” she told NME. “That doesn’t mean it is any less powerful, but it is definitely a different feeling. They’re used to love, heartbreak, pain and just wanting to f–king die, but for a younger person that’s all new to you and it’s terrifying.”
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When she got real about the state of the world:
“Bro, teenagers know more about the country that we’re living in right now than anybody,” she told NME. “The world is ending and I honestly don’t understand the law that says you have to be older to vote, because they’re going to die soon and we’ll have to deal with it. That doesn’t make any sense to me. But to see young people taking part in peaceful protests and not obeying is beautiful.”
Watch E!’s Live From the Red Carpet 2020 Grammy Awards coverage Sunday, Jan. 26 starting at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT followed by the Grammys telecast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS. And for a recap of music’s biggest night immediately following the show, don’t miss the E! After Party special at 11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. PT, only on E!