Last night Alicia Keys took over as the guest host of The Late Late Show With James Corden and invited breakout pop star Billie Eilish for a duet performance of Eilish’s viral hit ‘Ocean Eyes’.
After asking for some “dramatic lighting”, Keys provided piano accompaniment as the two singers harmonised on a special rendition of Eilish’s dreamy ballad for the all-female audience.
Keys had also recently covered the track for the Spotify Singles series, while Eilish revealed she covered Alicia Keys’ 2001 R&B hit ‘Fallin’’ when she was just 12 years-old doing covers on Youtube.
Eilish was only 14 years-old when she released ‘Ocean Eyes’ on Soundcloud on 18 November 2015. The song was written and produced by Eilish’s older brother, Finneas O’Connell and was originally intended for his band before Eilish made it a viral sensation. It was later rereleased the following year on Interscope. Then in March of 2019, Eilish released her debut album on the label, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, which quickly shot to No.1, and was recently confirmed as the biggest album of the year by Billboard.
Keys is up to reprise her role as host for the 62nd Grammy Awards next year, when the show airs on 26 January 2020 on CBS.
After impressing audiences (and boosting ratings) for her renaissance hosting turn, Keys turned Grammys night into a celebration of hits of the past and present, covering everyone from the late Juice Wrld to Nat King Cole, Kings of Leon and even playing two pianos at once for an homage to jazz pioneer Hazel Scott.
The 17-year-old pop sensation is up for six Grammy nominations next year and is officially the youngest person to ever be nominated in all four of the “major” categories including: Record, Song and Album of the Year, and Best New Artist–in a single year.