"I wish there was an off switch,” muses Billie Eilish. “There’s really no way to prepare for this kind of thing. I want to just go to Trader Joe’s for once!” The 17-year-old is quick to clarify that she’s not complaining: Still a newly minted megastar, she’s hyper-aware that her milestone-a-minute past year has been extraordinary by any standard. Her debut album, March’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, established Eilish as one of the most distinctive new voices in pop and topped the Billboard 200. Since then, all of its tracks (except the prelude) have made it onto the Billboard Hot 100, with “Bad Guy” becoming Eilish’s first No. 1 on the chart. She has performed at Coachella; appeared on Saturday Night Live; scored a Justin Bieber appearance on the “Bad Guy” remix; and most recently received six Grammy nominations, setting a record as the youngest artist to get nods in all of the Big Four categories at once.
Come March, Eilish will kick off an arena world tour, which will include sold-out stops at Madison Square Garden in New York and London’s O2 Arena. But for now, she’s planning to stay in Los Angeles through the end of the year -- “the longest I’ve been home in a minute.” She’s not quite chilling yet: Earlier in the day of this interview, she marched in the Youth Climate Strike. She’s looking forward to her 18th birthday and the perks that come with it (voting, driving after 11 p.m.), and still adjusting to the accolades she’s receiving, like Billboard’s Woman of the Year honor. “I’ve never been called a woman before,” she says with a laugh. “You feel like you’ve been doing it forever. And then I remember -- it’s literally just the beginning.”