Billie Eilish and Finneas did a beautiful cover of The Beatles’ “Yesterday” at the Oscars during the in memoriam segment. But Eilish, her own worst critic, didn’t see it that way. In an interview on Apple Music’s New Music Daily with Zane Lowe, Eilish panned her performance.
“Yeah, I was sick for all of the Oscars, I bombed that performance, that sh*t was trash,” she proclaimed.
Eilish went on to explain that the Oscars just weren’t her scene, and it made her nervous—something she rarely is for performances. “I know, I know, and it was also, like, the Oscars is not my, um, people, like, you know what I mean, like, it’s not, I’m not used to that. At least the Grammy’s wasn’t as scary because it was, like, artists-… and it felt like my people, if felt like, oh, look a bunch of artists, and, like, I knew a lot of them already and I’d met them and they knew of me and, like-… but, like, the Oscars, I’m like, these are movie stars,” she said. “It’s true. Totally different, the show is so scary. No, no, no, no, see, no, no, it was so scary. And the thing is, like, I don’t normally get nervous, I don’t get nervous for shows or, like, any sort of performance really, but that sh*t was terrifying. I think we were fully, like, not, I think we were just glad it was over.”
Eilish told Lowe later in the interview that she is excited to tour though. “I’m like, I’m actually looking forward to touring, for once in my life,” she said. “Um, I’m really excited, we leave in March, which is, like, two seconds away. I realized yesterday, I’m excited, I’m, like, so ready to get back to it, like, you don’t even know.”
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Alyssa Bailey is the news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton).