Before her performance began, Eilish addressed impending voters in a pre-recorded message: "You don't need me to tell you things are a mess," she says while looking directly into the camera. "Donald Trump is destroying our country and everything we care about. We need leaders who will solve problems like climate change and COVID, not deny them. Leaders who will fight against systemic racism and inequality. And that starts by voting for someone who understands how much is at stake. Someone who's building a team that shares our values."
She continues, stressing the importance of voting in order to preserve democracy, and elaborates on her endorsement for Biden: "It starts with voting against Donald Trump and for Joe Biden. Silence is not an option, and we cannot sit this one out. We all have to vote like our lives and the world depend on it because they do. The only way to be certain of the future is to make it ourselves. Please register, please vote."
Eilish is then seen sitting beside a keyboard on a stage enveloped in a hazy purple hue. She croons the first verse and pre-chorus of the aptly-titled single for the evening, "my future."
Equipped with delicate keyboard notes and her signature whispery, hushed vocals, Eilish's lyrics promote self-love, empowerment, and looking forward to days ahead rather than being tied down by a long-overdue relationship. "You don't seem to notice I'm not here," she sings, "I'm just a mirror."
She is supported by a live drummer as well as her brother and frequent collaborator FINNEAS, who provides backing electric guitar instrumentals as she dances around the stage. Her dog also makes a welcome appearance.
Biden shared Eilish's message to Twitter shortly after her performance, writing, "I'll just say what @billieeilish said: vote like your life depends on it. #DemConvention."
I’ll just say what @billieeilish said: vote like your life depends on it. #DemConvention https://t.co/5ewebNvQGg