The singer performed the track along a full orchestra, with her brother Finneas, legendary film composer Hans Zimmer and Smiths turned solo legend Johnny Marr – who are both working on the score of the upcoming Bond film together.
Eilish’s vocal range came in for particular praise. “Try telling me again that Billie Eilish whispers I dare you,” said one fan.
“Say what you want about Billie Eilish but saying she can’t sing is FALSE,” said another Twitter user.
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Eilish performed the theme alongside an orchestra conducted by Hans Zimmer, with former Smiths man and Bond theme collaborator Johnny Marr also onstage.
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At the ceremony Eilish also picked up the award for International Female Solo Artist, and thanked her fans in an emotional acceptance speech.
She said: “I have felt very hated recently. When I was on the stage and saw you guys smiling at me, it genuinely made me want to cry. I want to cry right now.”
Ahead of the performance, Marr spoke to NME about his admiration for Eilish.
Billie’s just the best new, I don’t wanna say pop act, but it’s great when someone that cool is that popular, individual and a lot of people can relate to her. She’s a really good musician, and her family is a really musical family, very soulful. I know a great musician when I see one.”
Earlier today, Eilish admitted that she was feeling nervous about the BRITs performance. “I’m so scared. We’ve never performed it ever, so it feels so weird that it’s in the public, especially now that I’m performing it and I’m hitting a note I’ve never hit before.”
Going on to discuss Bond actor Daniel Craig and his involvement in the theme song, Eilish revealed that he was “really involved” in its approval process.
“He has a big say in it,” she said. “We learned that from this. He’s really involved. We haven’t met him but he’s got to like it before they move on.”
Eilish’s brother Finneas, who produced the track added: “He had to like it. If Daniel doesn’t like it then you don’t get the job.” He also revealed that ‘No Time To Die’ was written and recorded “on a tour bus in Texas. (It took) about three days.”