We must protect Billie Eilish at all costs as ‘shaking’ star accepts AMA

Billie Eilish is one in a million and a new breed of superstar, as the singer emotionally accepted her American Music Award gongs on Sunday.

Gongs, plural.

The 17-year-old was named new artist of the year at the annual event, beating the likes of Lizzo, Luke Combs, Lil Nas X and Ella Mai to the top spot. She then went on to take home the favourite artist – alternative rock award.

Not like she didn’t realise the monumental feat she’d just achieved though, as she took to the stage to thank her fans and admitted she was ‘shaking’.

She said of her alternative rock plaudit: ‘I feel like I can’t say more to the fans and supporters, because, like, you made it all happen, man. I can’t believe I’m, like, standing in front of, oh, my god, I’m, like, shaking. Sorry.

‘To be in this category is insane to me. I grew up being in love with all of you, everybody in that row, everyone in that row, in this room.

‘The fact that you’re looking at me right now, I can’t believe this. Thank you to the fans. Thank you, guys. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you, I love you.’

She beat Imagine Dragons and Panic! At The Disco for that one.

As she headed to the stage for another award, she said: ‘I’ve tried to pull myself together for this one.

‘I want to thank the AMAs for even thinking of me in the slightest. Thank you to my creative team, thank you for letting me do whatever I want, pretty much all the time. Thanks to the fans, because that’s the only reason I’m even alive.’

As she stood on stage, Billie – who performed her hit All The Good Girls Go To Hell on a fire-laden platform – heaped praise on her brother and producer, Finneas O’Connell, hailing him her ‘best friend’, and went on to pay tribute to her fellow nominees.

‘Thank you guys so much, I love you, I’ve grown up watching you all. I love you, I love you, thank you,’ she chimed.

Making her musical debut at the ceremony, with her pyrotechnic-filled performance, Billie was introduced by Tyler, the Creator.

The rapper joked: ‘Waddup, earlier this year my album IGOR was #1 in the country and then a 17-year-old girl who dressed like a quarterback decided to change that.

‘Everybody please give it up for Billie Eilish.’

American Music Awards winners 2019

Artist of the decade:

Taylor Swift

Artist of the year:

Taylor Swift

New artist of the year:

Billie Eilish

Collaboration of the year:

Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello, Señorita

Tour of the year:


Favourite music video:

Taylor Swift, You Need to Calm Down

Favourite social artist:


Favourite male artist – pop/rock:


Favourite female artist – pop/rock:

Taylor Swift

Favourite duo or group – pop/rock:


Favourite album – pop/rock:

Taylor Swift, Lover

Favourite song – pop/rock:

Halsey, Without Me

Favourite male artist – country:

Kane Brown

Favourite female artist – country:

Carrie Underwood

Favourite duo or group – country:

Dan + Shay

Favourite album – country:

Carrie Underwood, Cry Pretty

Favourite song – country:

Dan + Shay, Speechless

Favourite artist – rap/hip-hop:

Cardi B

Favourite album – rap/hip-hop:

Post Malone, Hollywood’s Bleeding

Favourite song – rap/hip-hop:

Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus, Old Town Road

Favourite male artist – soul/R&B:

Bruno Mars

Favourite female artist – soul/R&B:


Favourite album – soul/R&B:

Khalid, Free Spirit

Favourite song – soul/R&B:

Khalid, Talk

Favourite artist – alternative rock:

Billie Eilish

Favourite artist – adult contemporary:

Taylor Swift

Favourite artist – Latin:

J Balvin

Favourite artist – contemporary inspirational:

Lauren Daigle

Favourite artist – electronic dance music (EDM):


Favourite soundtrack:

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

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