Billie Eilish has a new connection to Bruce Springsteen

What is the connection between Billie Eilish and Bruce Springsteen? Well, it has to do with accolades.

96th Annual Academy Awards - Press Room
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At the 2024 Oscars ceremony, the dynamic sibling duo of Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell seized the spotlight, clinching the coveted Best Original Song award for their soul-stirring Barbie ballad titled "What Was I Made For?" and earning a connection to Bruce Springsteen.

The duo's live performance of the song during the event only added to its resonance. Their triumph with this composition stands as a remarkable achievement, a feat accomplished by only a select few. According to Forbes, "What Was I Made For?" has etched its name in history as one of the rare tracks to clinch both the Best Original Song at the 96th Academy Awards and the Song of the Year at the Grammys, a distinction bestowed upon Eilish and Finneas just weeks prior. Billie Eilish is also the youngest person to win 2 Oscars.

Not stopping there, the song also clinched the Best Song Written for Visual Media award at the Grammys (first awarded in 1988 for "Somewhere Out There" from the animated film An American Tail). This musical gem now joins the esteemed ranks of only ten other compositions to have garnered such prestigious accolades, placing Eilish and Finneas among illustrious company. Among the revered few is New Jersey's own Bruce Springsteen, who secured these honors back in 1994 for his poignant anthem "Streets of Philadelphia," featured in the film Philadelphia, starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. So the "Born in the U.S.A." singer is in this unique club with Eilish.

Others in the company of Billie Eilish and Bruce Springsteen

Interestingly, Springsteen stands as the most recent artist before Billie Eilish and Finneas to have both penned and performed the winning song, marking a significant 30-year interval. Joining this exclusive club are luminaries such as Barbra Streisand, along with the prolific duo James Horner and Will Jennings, whose composition "My Heart Will Go On" from the 1997 blockbuster Titanic, sung by Celine Dion, continues to stir hearts (or churn stomachs, as some people strongly dislike Celine) worldwide.