UPDATE (8/26/19, 10:40 p.m. ET): Billie Eilish has also won the VMA for Best New Artist! The singer, who's currently in Russia on tour, said to fans in a video message, "First off, I just want to say that the VMAs have been something I've wanted to go to and be a part of for pretty much my whole life. Unfortunately I'm on tour right now, which breaks my heart. But videos and visuals have been one of the top priorities for me my whole life, so it feels really, really good to be recognized for that." Congrats, Billie!
Last year's winner, Hayley Kiyoko, made the announcement on the VMA red carpet pre-show on Monday, August 26, in a true "passing of the torch" moment. Unfortunately, Eilish wasn't there to accept her award in person — she's currently on tour in Europe — but she sent along a video message for the legions of passionate fans who voted for her.
"I just wanted to thank you guys so much for making me MTV's PUSH artist of the year," she sweetly said. "Love you."
Eilish was nominated in a stacked category of fellow buzzy newcomers: Bazzi, CNCO, H.E.R., Lauv, and Lizzo. Ultimately, though, the 17-year-old came out on top because of an incredible breakout year that saw her scoring a No. 1 single and No. 1 album, and selling out live shows all over the world.
The first-time VMA winner is nominated for an additional nine awards tonight, including Artist of the Year, Best New Artist, and Video of the Year, for her eccentric "Bad Guy" visual.