Ladies rule! That’s basically the case for Finneas when it comes to the women in his life, the singer-songwriter joked when he sat down with Billboard News for our Grammys pre-show presented by Nike on Twitter Sunday (March 14).
While discussing how he chooses which projects to work on, the producer — who is known for his award-winning collaborations with sister Billie Eilish — told Billboard‘s Jordyn Rolling that if both his teen sister as well as girlfriend Claudia Sulewski like something, consider him on board.
“The artists they think are cool are the artists I want to work with — I think just ’cause I want to impress my girlfriend and impress my sister,” explained the artist, who — along with Eilish — won best song written for visual media for their James Bond tune “No Time to Die” during the Grammys Premiere Ceremony earlier in the day. When Rolling applauded the female influence in his life, Finneas laughed: “It’s not influence: It’s complete control! It’s a complete ruling of my life in the best way. It’s self-inflicted; they’re just super important to me. That’s the North Star in my life.”
Mickey Guyton also sat down for our Grammy pre-show to discuss performing during the ceremony and being the first Black female solo artist to be nominated in a country category. Guyton received a nod for “Black Like Me” in the best country solo performance category. “We can all say it’s late, but let’s just be happy that it’s here,” she told Billboard‘s Tetris Kelly of her accomplishment. “I’m just so proud that I get to stand for people that look like me and represent for people that look like me in a moment like this.”
Guyton, who has an album dropping this summer, also dished about who she’d like to collaborate with on her upcoming release. “I love Cardi B!” she exclaimed. “And if I could have her on my album, I have a song that I would love to have her on. It would be awesome!”
Billboard also snagged a chat with producer of the year winner Andrew Watt. The producer opened up about working Justin Bieber, who recently released new single “Hold On” from upcoming album Justice, which is due out March 19. “I’ve watched him grow not only as a musician, spiritually as a human into the incredible person he is,” shared Watt, who said he has known the former tween star and current Billboard cover subject for about 10 years. “I think he was really ready to grow and push himself … musically. He didn’t want it to be cookie cutter. … He kept saying, ‘Stadium music, stadium music!'”
Our pre-show also featured a chat with best new artist nominee Ingrid Andress, as well as Billboard staff predictions for the R&B and hip-hop categories as well as who might take home the biggest awards, and more. Watch Billboard‘s entire pre-show below:
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