As you might already know, Billie Eilish had a very successful night at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, picking up Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
However, what you might not know is that her award-winning hit Bad Guy has a rather unusual sample, in the form of an Aussie pedestrian crossing.
The 18-year-old was in Sydney where she heard the pedestrian crossing and was so pleased with the sound she recorded it on a voicenote on her phone.
She told Rolling Stone: “My mum and I went for a walk in Sydney. We were like across the street from the hotel and the crosswalk is this little – you press it and it’s like ‘doop, doop’. And I was like, ‘That’s hard!’ That’s the sound that it makes when you have to wait.”
Her brother Finneas O’Connell then it cut up, altered the pitch and sped it up before it made its way into the very catchy chorus of Bad Guy. Weird, eh?
What makes the whole thing even better is the reaction from Eilish and O’Connell’s dad.
He told Rolling Stone: “The hilarious part about all this is we were just in Australia in May and my dad goes, ‘Have you heard these crosswalks?’
“And I was like, ‘Yeah, it’s the chorus in Bad Guy.’ And he goes, ‘What?’ I was like, ‘Yeah … never mind man.'”
Meanwhile, Aussies are delighted that their pedestrian crossings have won a Grammy (sort of…).
Taking to social media, one person wrote: “Bad Guy topping hottest 100 is actually an Australian song topping hottest 100 considering the chorus is Billie Eilish literally sampling the Sydney pedestrian crossing green light noise.”
A second person joked: “When the biggest thing the city of Sydney has given to music in quite some time is a pedestrian crossing beep sample on a Billie Eilish song.”