For this year’s In Memoriam segment, the Academy selected recent Grammy winner, Billie Eilish, for a somber performance of the Beatles’ “Yesterday.” While the segment opened with a quote from Kobe Bryant, the emotional portion of the evening documented the biggest losses that Hollywood saw this year, from Doris Day to Kirk Douglas, who died just this past Wednesday. She was joined on stage by her brother and frequent collaborator, Finneas O’Connell.
On the red carpet earlier in the evening, when asked about her upcoming Bond theme for the film No Time to Die, she told Billy Porter, “We’ve already written it. It’s done,” later adding on that being able to write and record the track is a “life goal, for sure.” Beyond being a performer for the evening’s In Memoriam segment, Eilish has been a bit of a comic relief, be it for noting The Babadook as a favorite movie she watched “growing up,” or her bizarre reaction to dated musical references made by Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph.
Eilish’s Oscar performance comes on the heels of her first Grammy Awards, where she made history by sweeping the big four categories. Not only is she now the youngest artist to have accomplished the feat, she is also the only woman who has ever managed to nab Best New Artist, as well as Record, Album, and Song of the Year in a single ceremony. Starting in March, Eilish will embark on a massive (and mostly sold out) tour, promoting her Grammy-winning album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
As for tonight, she’ll celebrate the evening draped in Chanel, alongside the rest of the “olds.”