With under 75 days until the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election, the Democratic National Convention is fully underway. On day three of the event, broadcast virtually due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Democratic party introduced viewers to their biggest stars and supporters. Former President Barack Obama, Vice President-nominee Kamala Harris and 2016 Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton all gave speeches in support of Joe Biden. 5-time GRAMMY Award-winner Billie Eilish, who at 18 years of age will be casting her first vote in November, also performed her brand new song “My Future” for the first time.
Billie opened up her performance with a brief statement — she was highly critical of current President Donald Trump and urged youth voters to partake in this year’s election cycle. “You don’t need me to tell you things are a mess. Donald Trump is destroying our country and everything we care about. We need leaders who will solve climate change and COVID, not deny them. Leaders who will fight against systemic racism and inequality and that starts by voting for someone who understands how much is at stake, someone who’s building at team who shares our values. It starts with voting against Donald Trump and for Joe Biden. Silence is not an option and we cannot sit this one out. We all have to vote like our lives and the world depend on it, because they do. The only way to be certain of the future is to make it ourselves. Please register, please vote.”
As for “My Future,” the song focuses on the growing instability of 2020 through quarantine, political polarization, her personal life and the growing need for self-sufficiency. “We wrote this at the very beginning of quarantine,” Billie said of the new track in a recent email to her fans. “It’s a song that’s really really personal and special to me. When we wrote this song, it was exactly where my head was at – hopeful, excited and a craaaazy amount of self reflection and self growth. But recently it has also taken on a lot of new meaning in the context of what’s happening in the world now. I hope you can all find meaning in it for yourselves.”
Watch Billie’s performance above. In more music updates, HYPEBEAST reassesses the importance of a celebrity’s co-sign or criticism during the most polarizing presidential election in U.S. history in the new feature: “Taylor Swift and Kanye West’s Divergent Political Paths Show How Self-Serving Activism Can Be.”
— billie eilish (@billieeilish) August 20, 2020