For Billie Eilish, what happens in early October is almost routine. The singer receives an award, which is not about her music, but about her contribution to climate protection. And her mother is also honored for her commitment in this regard.
Billie Eilish and her mother Maggie Baird can look forward to a special award. The mother-daughter team will be honored at the upcoming Environmental Media Association (EMA) gala. At the event on October 8, 2022, they are to receive the "EMA Missions in Music" award, according to a statement. "For her incredible work as role models for sustainable behavior," including Eilish's recent tour, according to the organization.
Together, Eilish and Baird created Overheated, an event with climate-themed activities. These include clothing swaps, documentaries and lectures on veganism to provide information about sustainable fashion and encourage fans to get involved. The multi-day event was announced in May 2022 and took place in London as part of Eilish's "Happier Than Ever" world tour in June.
"I am very happy to accept the 'EMA Missions in Music' award this year alongside my daughter," said Baird, who has been committed to the environment, climate and animals for more than 40 years. "I'm so proud that Billie is using her voice to inspire younger audiences and advocate for change." Eilish grew up vegetarian and has been vegan for a number of years.
Past recipients of the award include country music legend Willie Nelson, singer Adam Levine, composer Diane Warren and singer Alanis Morissette.
As "The Hollywood Reporter" further quoted Debbie Levin, CEO of the EMA, the gala was a good way to recognize the work that environmentalists "have done all year". It is also an opportunity to "present sustainable brands and executives" and to celebrate "green milestones". "Twilight" star Nikki Reed is also honored and receives the "EMA Innovator" award for her environmentally friendly lifestyle and jewelery brand.
The Environmental Media Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 by Cindy Horn and Lyn Lear. The EMA works closely with the entertainment industry to promote environmentally friendly production.