How to get young people interested in watching the Oscars? Give them their new musical hero, Billie Eilish, age 18. She just won five Grammys of her own (plus two for her brother Finneas) at the Grammy Awards.
Eilish will perform at this year’s Academy Awards on February 9th. It’s unclear what she’ll be singing, but she could debut the theme song for the new James Bond movie, “No Time to Die.” That film opens on April 10th.
But it’s a little early to drop that single. Maybe Eilish can sing a medley of James Bond songs from past movies.
Whatever she does, Eilish will get a lot of good PR for the Academy and for herself. It’s a smart idea from this year’s Oscarcast producers, Lynette Taylor Howell and Stephanie Allain. The latter has a special connection to the music biz: she’s married to Stephen Bray, who collaborated with Madonna on many hits and had his own with the group Breakfast Club. It’s an interesting move for the Oscars, a pretty good idea.