“No Time to Die” turns out to be a very lively song at awards shows.
Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell’s song 007 has won a Golden Globe, a Grammy and now an Oscar for Best Original Song.
The sister and brother artists thanked the entire Bond team and O’Connell closed the speech with words of gratitude for their parents, saying they had “always been our biggest inspirations and our heroes.” We love you as parents and we love you as real people too.
To win, they beat impressive names including Beyoncé, Van Morrison and Lin-Manuel Miranda. They also prevented Diane Warren from winning her first Oscar on her 13th try.
“No Time to Die” debuted and peaked at number 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100, but debuted atop the UK Singles Chart and the Irish Singles Chart.
The filmmakers behind Daniel Craig’s final run as James Bond have invited artists to submit their best efforts for a title track for the iconic opening credits. Eilish and O’Connell, longtime fans of the franchise, recorded their demo on a tour bus between gigs and submitted their track for review. Eilish said she and Finneas were given a script that only contained the opening scene of the film.
After recording the track at the age of 18, Eilish has officially become the youngest artist to work on a James Bond theme song. Bond’s last two songs to win a Best Song Oscar were Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith’s “Writing on the Wall” from 2016’s “Spectre” and Adele and Paul Epworth’s “Skyfall” from 2013.
Eilish has won seven Grammy Awards, with the bulk coming for “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” in 2019. Her second album of 2021 “Happier Than Ever” is nominated for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.
“No Time to Die” isn’t the only film score the sibling couple has made. Three songs written by Billie Eilish and Finneas made it onto the “Turning Red” soundtrack, drawing heavy inspiration from (asterisk) NSYNC and Backstreet Boys.
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