Billie Eilish showed class beyond her years when she thanked the female musicians in the industry who had “paved the way” for her as part of her Billboard Woman Of The Year speech.
The teenager received the award last night at the annual Billboard Women In Music event. Eilish isn’t the first popstar to receive the award following in the footsteps of Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift.
The ‘bad guy’ singer said when accepting the award, “I wanna thank all the women in the past who have been the reason I can be the way I am and do what I want, and paved the way for me and an entire generation of young women,” she said.
“Women who, in the past, who have done what they weren’t supposed to do has made my life a lot easier and made me able to do what I want and be who I want.” Eilish then referenced the speech made earlier by Taylor Swift when receiving the Women of the Decade award at the same event.
In that speech, Swift referenced her own 2014 speech in which she suggested that the future ‘Women of the Year’ were in need of help. Eilish spoke about that moment as inspiration in her life.
The singer said, “Taylor’s speech earlier, she stole half of what I was gonna say. In 2014, she won this award and she basically said, ‘Right now, your future woman of the year is someone in a piano lesson, in a choir, and we need to take care of her.’ I was 11 at the time and I was in a choir and I was learning to play piano and you took care of me. So thank you.”
Watch the full speech below: