In a heartfelt gesture, Billie Eilish honored the women of Saturday Night Live (SNL) during her recent musical performance on the show. Introduced by SNL alum Kate McKinnon and Barbie director Greta Gerwig, Eilish delivered a rendition of “What Was I Made For?” from the blockbuster film “Barbie,” accompanied by her brother and musical collaborator, Finneas.
The poignant moment unfolded as a montage played in the background, featuring home videos and unseen photos of Eilish from her childhood. Additionally, the montage included images of both current and former female cast members of SNL, such as Chloe Fineman, Heidi Gardner, Punkie Johnson, Ego Nwodim, Sarah Sherman, Chloe Troast, and nonbinary performer Molly Kearney. The footage also showcased SNL alums Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, and Maya Rudolph, all of whom made cameo appearances during the Saturday show.
The touching tribute, reminiscent of a similar montage in the 2023 movie “Barbie,” mirrored scenes from the film where home movies played during a powerful song, capturing Margot Robbie’s Barbie in the midst of an existential crisis. The footage in the Barbie movie featured women who were family or friends of the cast and crew.
“What Was I Made For?” has received critical acclaim and is currently nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song, a Critics Choice Award for Best Song, and five Grammy nominations, including Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Song Written for Visual Media, and Best Music Video.
The emotional performance and tribute underscored Eilish’s ability to blend her music with meaningful visuals, creating a powerful and resonant moment on the SNL stage. Watch the moving montage featuring the women of SNL during Billie Eilish’s performance below.