Billie Eilish has spent the past year setting records as the youngest to accomplish some of her amazing milestones. Last month at the GRAMMY Awards she added a few more to her list, becoming the youngest ever to win Record of the Year and Album of the Year. Eilish has set new standards across the board, but she’s not the first young talent ever to take the music world by storm.
With all the talk of Eilish’s history-making night at the 2020 GRAMMY Awards, there was one record the “bad guy” singer couldn’t touch. Over two decades before the 18-year-old arrived on music’s biggest night, LeAnn Rimes was the darling of the GRAMMYs. At the age of 14 Rimes won Best New Artist, become the youngest ever to do so. Her 1996 victory has yet to be matched, and even with Eilish’s success you can’t take it away from Rimes.
Now in a twist, Rimes has covered her fellow young phenomenon, delivering an acapella version of Billie Eilish’s “when the party’s over.”
“’When the party’s over’ has a haunting quality about it that has always moved me. When dreaming up the way to cover this song, that haunting quality is something I wanted to expand on,” Rimes explains. “Singing it acapella does just that and there’s also an intimacy, a vulnerable connection from artist to listener, almost like you were hearing me sing a deeply confessional journal entry.”
The performance is part of Rimes’ LovE Sessions, in which she releases a cover every Friday through February. “Love has so many different meanings and associations, so I’m trying to encompass the word in various ways through the songs I chose. I film the sessions at my house with my husband filming it all, so what I’m sharing with the world is intimate and raw.”
According to LeAnn, she is in the process of writing and recording new music, being very particular about her upcoming album. The LovE Sessions have helped inspire her process. “I want to make sure to be very intentional with what I release next, so I’m making sure to take my time as I find new ways of creating.”