Watch Billie Eilish Perform a Stunning Rendition of “What Was I Made For?” at the Oscars

Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas O’Connell received a standing ovation for their stunning performance of the Barbie ballad “What Was I Made For?” on Sunday night ahead of their Oscars win.

For the performance, Eilish slightly switched up her red carpet look, which many had likened to a schoolgirl outfit. On the Dolby Theatre stage, she donned a longer skirt and a tweed blazer, swapping her diamond earrings for classic pearls, holding her hair back with a pale pink headband, and tying a tiny ribbon around her neck. The fact that Eilish’s performance look was a slightly more grown-up version of her red carpet outfit was fitting for the song itself, a melancholy, existential pondering of womanhood that scored the climax of Barbie.

At first, the performance was simply Eilish singing and O’Connell playing piano, with the singer facing away from the audience. The entire theater was lit up in pink, producing a stunning, almost otherworldly effect as the performers began to rotate on a platform. Then, halfway through the song, the backdrop behind Eilish and O’Connell parted ways to reveal a full orchestra backing them for the rest of the song. As the performance drew to a close, the siblings locked eyes and smiled, with Finneas pointedly directing his applause at Eilish.

Later in the evening, Eilish and O’Connell won the award for best original song, with Eilish dedicating the award to “everyone who was affected by the movie and how incredible it is.” (In an amusing aside, Elish also called out a formative teacher, saying, “You didn’t like me but you were good at your job,” to laughs from the audience.

A box-office sensation and cultural phenomenon, Barbie rocketed “What Was I Made For?” to number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, and onto multiple-year end best song lists. The track also dominated multiple entertainment awards. In addition to the 2024 Oscars nomination, it received five Grammy nominations, winning both best original song and best song written for visual media.

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