Billie Eilish was the big winner at this year’s Grammy Awards. At 18 years old, Eilish became the youngest solo artist to win the Album of the Year category with her 2019 debut When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? She also picked up five other Grammys, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year. But she still wasn’t overly impressed with the way the Grammys are structured.
GQ’s Jonathan Heaf asked Eilish how she felt about Tyler, the Creator’s comments on racial pigeonholing after he won the Grammy for Best Rap Album. “I don’t like that ‘urban’ word,” Tyler said in a post show press conference. “It’s just a politically correct way to say the N-word, to me.”
Eilish agreed, saying “I have always hated categories.” She went on to reject the idea that the way someone looks has a determining influence on the sound of their music. “I hate when people say, ‘Oh, you look like “blank”. You sound like “blank”.’ It was such a cool thing Tyler said.
“I agree with him about that term [urban]. Don’t judge an artist off the way someone looks or the way someone dresses. Wasn’t Lizzo in the Best R&B category that night? I mean, she’s more pop than I am.”
Eilish even speculated that her race is the only thing keeping her out of the rap category. “Look, if I wasn’t white I would probably be in ‘rap’. Why? They just judge from what you look like and what they know. I think that is weird. The world wants to put you into a box; I’ve had it my whole career. Just because I am a white teenage female I am pop. Where am I pop? What part of my music sounds like pop?”