Saturday Night Live host Billie Eilish switched gears mid-show with a glowing rendition of the epic title track, “Happier Than Ever.”
The performance began with Eilish sitting backstage in a baggy black sweater and jeans, her nude-colored fingernails like talons wrapped around the microphone. Eilish sang quietly and alone. But as the camera moved, the curtains opened to reveal she was, in fact, onstage — fitting for a sweet song that seethes with rage (“You clearly weren’t aware you were making me miserable.” ) Standing to his right, Finneas visibly swapped his acoustic for a black electric guitar. Let the shredding begin.
For his second set, Eilish and Finneas returned for the soulful ballad, “Male Fantasy.” This time it was just brother and sister sitting cross-legged on the carpeted stage. As Finneas strummed his acoustics, all attention was on Eilish’s crystalline falsetto – as austere and stripped down as the Charlie Brown Christmas tree behind them.
As the show’s host and performer, Eilish proved she could hold her own alongside sketch mates like Kate McKinnon, who played Eilish’s odd neighbor and business spokeswoman for Business Garden Suites. Eilish has also played a mean Christmas card, a hip-hop Nativity scene director, and an oblivious nurse twerking on TikTok. No one can say that Eilish has no reach.
In February, Eilish is in the running for seven Grammy Awards in 2022 for her second album, happier than ever. In 2020, his first album, When we all fall asleep, where do we go? swept the awards ceremony and ranked 397 on rolling stoneamong the 500 greatest albums of all time.