The performance was part of the Academy Awards’ annual In Memoriam segment which pays tribute to iconic stars who passed away over the preceding year. Fittingly, the pair covered the Beatles’ classic Yesterday.
Watch Billie Eilish perform an intimate version of Yesterday by the Beatles at the Oscars for their poignant In Memoriam segment.
This year, the segment paid tribute to the likes of Kobe Bryant, Kirk Douglas, Terry Jones, Doris Day, Rip Torn, D.A. Pennebaker, and many more.
Before the ceremony, Eilish said that the Paul McCartney-penned Yesterday was “a song [she’s] always loved.”
Singing the classic song in her characteristic murmuring delivery, Eilish sat on a darkened stage beside a piano played by Finneas. A series of tribute images appeared on a screen above the pair.
The first was that of basketballer Kobe Bryant, who died in a plane crash just over two weeks ago. His image was accompanied by a quote attributed to the athlete: “Life is too short to get bogged down and be discouraged. You have to keep moving. You have to keep going.”
Watch her heartfelt Oscars performance below.
Last month at the Grammys, Billie Eilish became the youngest ever artist to win all four major categories: Song of the Year, Best New Artist, Album of the Year, and Record of the Year. Eilish is also set to perform the theme song for the upcoming James Bond movie, No Time to Die.
In other news, Eilish also recently revealed she sampled a Sydney pedestrian crossing in her Grammy-Award winning song, bad guy.