Billie Eilish is currently one of the most talented vocalists and songwriters in the industry. The singer has won seven Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, one Guinness World Record, three MTV Video Music Awards, and two Brit Awards have all been given to her for her music. She is the second artist in Grammy history to win all four general field categories in the same year: Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year. In 2019, she was named to Time magazine's inaugural Time100 Next list, and in 2021, she was named to the regular Time100 list.
Billie appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday night for the second time, to promote her new album, "Happier Than Ever". During the interview, the American songwriter-singer wanted to clear up a confession about the time she previously appeared on the show. In her conversation with the host, she mentioned, "Wait, really quick. Do you remember the last time I was here?" To which Jimmy said yes and Billie continued by saying that "And you made me look a little stupid." The flustered host of the show replied, "Well, yeah, accidentally. I didn't do it on purpose."
The singer later revealed that she had found that situation funny at times, regardless of what people might think of her. She said, "I thought it was funny because I was playing along and everybody thought I was actually serious and didn’t know anything". She later admitted that she genuinely had no clue who Van Halen was at the time.
Giving a little backstory, Billie Eilish appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live for the first time in 2019 when she was 17-years-old, and during the interview, Jimmy decided to ask the singer some questions about things that were popular when he was 17-years-old in 1984. She was asked to name any member of the American rock band Van Halen, to which she replied, "Who?" To which Kimmel jokingly replied, "I'm going to start crying."
Van Halen’s bassist Wolfgang Van Halen took to social media to share, "If you haven't heard of Billie Eilish, go check her out. She's cool. If you haven't heard of Van Halen, go check them out. They're cool too. Music is supposed to bring us together, not divide us. Listen to what you want, and don't shame others for not knowing what you like. "
Billie revealed that she had planned to get revenge on Jimmy by asking him some questions that only Gen Z people would get, but unfortunately, she was on the spot and couldn’t think of any good ones.
The host also asked the singer about her recent appearance at the London premiere for ‘No Time To Die. Billie, along with her brother Finneas O'Connell, co-wrote the theme song for the James Bond movie, which earned them a Grammy earlier this year for best song written for visual media. During the premiere, the duo met the Royal Family, and she shared, "There was a whole list of things I had to follow. But they were just so normal. They didn’t make me feel like, ‘Oh, I’m scared I can’t talk to them.’ They [were]just being complementary and had all these questions for me. Furthermore, they were just very friendly and funny and sweet. I can’t complain. It was amazing."
Last week, Rami Malek, who plays the antagonist in "No Time To Die", also shared his experience of meeting the Royal Family, saying that it was ‘rad’. Rami said, "I was watching Prince William's reaction. You can see a lot from what someone's body language is doing. I think they loved the film. That was the impression I got."
Talking about the theme song, the singer shared that long before they got the honor to co-write the song for a Bond movie, Billie and her brother Finneas would do a Bond-related songwriting challenge. She explained, "Years before the Bond song, our song was going to be anything... was even a topic of discussion for us. We would do it as a songwriting exercise, me and my brother," she said of their challenge to write something that felt "Bond-esque."
Jimmy helped the singer cross off a few items from her bucket list, which included meeting Justin Bieber (check), getting kicked out of a Target, zip-lining over a city (check), growing her hair past her butt, getting her hair done (check), punching someone, getting a mouse, riding a dolphin, cutting someone's hair, "to win the game" (check), working with animals (check), going to Paris (check), and a big shopping spree (check) Jimmy invited a fan from the audience to get some terrible bangs from Billie. The host also helped Billie to check ‘punching someone off her list as he volunteered to get punched, stating that he was the strongest person on the set and that she needed to get some justice for the time he made her look a little stupid.
Billie, during the interview, had shared that with her documentaries, Billie Eilish: The World's A Little Blurry and Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles is already out now. She would love to dig deep into films, but with cinematography, not acting. Billie said, "I just love... cinematography is just something I really admire. I wouldn't necessarily want to act, but if something came along that felt right, yeah... who knows?"
The singer also said that she had no interest in going to space after Jimmy asked her if she wanted to ever go to space. The question comes after Star Trek alumni William Shatner became the oldest person to fly to space recently. Later, Billie Eilish performed "Happier Than Ever" on the Roosevelt Hotel's roof, joined by Finneas on acoustic guitar for the first part and electric guitar for the song's revved-up end-run.