Billie Eilish to give ‘special performance’ at Oscars show

US singer-songwriter Billie Eilish accepts the award for best Best New Artist during the 62nd Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, January 26, 2020. — AFP pic
US singer-songwriter Billie Eilish accepts the award for best Best New Artist during the 62nd Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, January 26, 2020. — AFP pic

LOS ANGELES, Jan 30 — Newly minted Grammy winner Billie Eilish will perform live at the Oscars ceremony next month, organisers said yesterday, raising speculation she may debut her recording of the new James Bond movie theme song.

Eilish, 18, swept the Grammy Awards on Sunday by taking the four top prizes — album, record, song of the year and best new artist. She was only the second musician ever to win all four Grammys on the same night.

Eilish and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made the announcement on their social media feeds, but said only that she would “take to the Oscars stage for a special performance”.

The Los Angeles teen is not included in the roster of stars who will be performing music nominated in the best original song category, including Elton John, Idina Menzel, Cynthia Erivo, Randy Newman and This is Us actress Chrissy Metz.

It was announced earlier this month, however, that the Bad Guy singer had co-written and would record the theme song for the upcoming Bond movie, No Time to Die. The song has not yet been released ahead of the movie’s arrival in theatres in April.

The James Bond theme songs have a rich history at the Oscars. Adele won the best original song Oscar for the 2012 movie Skyfall and Sam Smith won in 2016 for Spectre.

The Oscars, the highest awards in the movie industry, will be handed out a ceremony in Hollywood on February 9. — Reuters

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