Billie Eilish Said She Was "Embarrassed" To Beat Megan Thee Stallion At The Grammys And It Reignited A Year-Old Debate
"This is really embarrassing for me," Billie said when accepting the Grammy for Record of the Year.
"You deserve this," Billie addressed Megan. "You had a year that I think is untoppable. You are a queen. I want to cry thinking about how much I love you."
Plenty of people praised Billie for her humility in acknowledging Megan, calling the interaction "touching" and "sweet."
But others pointed out that Billie's speech was just the latest instance in a yearslong Grammys trend of white musicians having to acknowledge the Recording Academy awarded them over a more deserving Black artist.
In 2017, Adele shouted out Beyoncé in her Album of the Year acceptance speech, saying the award should have gone to Lemonade.
"I can't possibly accept this award," Adele said at the time. "I'm very humbled and very grateful and gracious but my artist of my life is Beyoncé, and that album to me, the Lemonade album, was just so monumental."
Three years earlier, Macklemore posted a screenshot of a text he had sent to Kendrick Lamar after beating him for the Best Rap Album trophy.
"You got robbed," he said. "I wanted you to win. You should have. It’s weird and it sucks that I robbed you."