Billie Joe Armstrong, the lead singer and songwriter for the popular band, Green Day, recently came out and threw some massive shade at Ariana Grande in an interview with USA Today.
The comments were made in comparison to the Grammy Award-winning artist Billie Eilish, who just recently swept the Grammy ceremony’s biggest four awards a couple of weeks ago.
Well, it seems that Armstrong, who knows something about musical talent, having had 21 number one hits himself, thinks Grande pales in comparison to the talent that Eilish and her brother Finneas O’Connell have.
The frontman for Green Day sat down with USA Today and was asked about the music that Eilish and her brother produce, to which Armstrong felt it was completely authentic and came from the artists, themselves, insinuating others don’t write their own songs. Insert Grande.
“[Billie and brother Finneas O’Connell‘s] music is very real, and you can tell it all comes from them, which is what sets it apart from what other pop acts are doing,” Armstrong said. “It’s not even comparable to think about what she does compare to someone like Ariana Grande. [Billie’s] the real deal.”
And while Billie is often designated as a singer-songwriter for her tracks, Grande also has songwriting credits to her name, including her latest album, Thank U, Next.
Regardless, Armstrong was incredibly happy for Eilish and her brother’s big wins at the Grammys, despite sharing that watching the ceremony is tough. “I’m stoked for her and Finneas…It was great. I mean, I only heard about it – actually trying to watch the Grammys is pretty brutal,” the Green Day singer said. “[Their wins are] insanely well deserved.”
Apparently, though, the Green Day star and Eilish have had a long-standing friendship, even sharing the cover of Rolling Stones Magazine in 2019 for their ‘Musicians on Musicians’ theme where two different artists interview each other.
During the interview Eilish had with Armstrong, she was utterly ‘shook’ to even be in the same room as him. “I can’t believe I’m in the room with the guy who was my wallpaper…the photo on my lock screen,” she said. “[Finneas rocked the] little undone tie and the guyliner. He was basically a downgrade of you.” Armstrong quipped back, “He’s an upgrade now.”
Despite there being the building of a rivalry between Eilish and Grande, at least from the social media fan reactions that believed the ‘Thank U, Next’ singer got snubbed, Eilish was highly complimentary of Grande during her award acceptances at the Grammys, thanking her for the song helping her get through some difficult times.
“Can I just say that I think Arianna deserves this. Thank U, Next got me through some [stuff] and I think it deserves like more than anything in the world,” she said while accepting an award.
— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) January 27, 2020