Finneas is best known for co-producing and writing with his sister Billie Eilish. He likes to keep his solo career low-key, as well as his personal fame. So he says, half-jokingly, that he has mixed feelings about his Grammy nomination for Best New Artist – which, along with Record of the Year and Song of the Year (both for Billie’s “Happier Than Ever”), and Album of the Year (for Billie’s Happier than ever, and that of Justin Bieber Justice, on which he co-wrote “Lonely” (), he is now the only nominee in each of the top four categories.
“I’m standing on the edge of the ceiling of where it’s fun to be famous,” Finneas said in an interview for an upcoming episode of Rolling Stone Music Now. “And further on, it’s no fun. You know kids tell me cute things when I go out, and it’s adorable. And they come to my concerts when I play them. And it is unbelievable. But otherwise, I’m not a Beatle. I’m not getting chased around town. I can go anywhere. And that’s really cool. So yeah, that kind of blows my blanket, doesn’t it?
Does that mean he’s backing Rodrigo in the Best New Artist category? “Yeah, I mean I’m for Olivia in that category, whatever,” Finneas released his first solo album. Optimistic, last month.
Right after the nominations were announced, Billie & Finneas spoke over the phone. “It’s still disbelief,” Finneas. “We’re always like, ‘Man, this is crazy.’ Going back to last year, when we won the record for the year… we were sitting in front of that audience, certain it would be Megan Thee Stallion, and even more certain it wouldn’t be us. So, you know, there are pictures of us winning this last year. And it looks like we saw a frightening jump in a move, you know? You should use a sort of realism and not expect to be nominated and win Grammys all the time. And we certainly don’t. So it’s always a shock to be nominated. It is always an honor.
Finneas and Eilish say they are excited about the Happier Than Ever tour next February. This is especially after their last tour was cut short by three dates due to the pandemic. “We had three shows in the When We All Fall Asleep arena tour. And it was a blast. But we’ve just got twice as much music now, so we can build, you know, a set that I’m a lot more proud of now. “