Billie Eilish shouted out Megan Thee Stallion while accepting the Record of the Year award at the 2021 Grammys for her song “everything i wanted.” Eilish devoted a significant part of her acceptance speech on Sunday night to praising the “Savage” rapper and saying that the award should have gone to her instead.
“This is really embarrassing for me,” Eilish said during her speech. “Megan, girl, I was gonna write a speech about how you deserve this but then I was like, ‘There’s no way they’re going to choose me,’ I was like, ‘It’s hers.’ You deserve this. You had a year that I think is un-toppable. You are a queen, I want to cry thinking about how much I love you. You’re so beautiful, you’re so talented, you deserve everything in the world, I think about you constantly. I root for you always. You deserve it, honestly. Genuinely, this goes to her. Can we just cheer for Megan Thee Stallion, please.”
Eilish's speech nods to a bigger issue within the Academy, as racist and sexist accusations — and not so subtle snubs — have surrounded the award-choosing group for years. Instead of having white artists preach about how their winnings should have gone to a Black artists, perhaps the Academy should be examined. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!