Fast Facts

  • Is the youngest of six children.
  • As a child, performed with his jazz drummer father, Andy, at Shriners' Hospitals and convalescent homes around northern California.
  • Met future Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt in fifth grade and began playing music with him soon after; first song the pair learned was Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train."  
  • Dropped out of high school his senior year to focus on music full time.
  • Made his studio debut with Green Day on 39/Smooth, released in 1990 by Lookout Records.
  • Commercial breakthrough came with Green Day's Dookie (1994), which sold more than 10 million copies in the U.S. alone due to hits like "Longview" and "When I Come Around."
  • Helped design the Billie Joe Armstrong Les Paul Jr., a Gibson guitar named after him.


  • 2005, Grammy — Record of the Year: Winner
  • 2004, Grammy — Best Rock Album: Winner
  • 1994, Grammy — Best Alternative Music Performance: Winner
  • 2009, Grammy — Best Rock Album: Winner
  • 2010, Grammy — Best Musical Show Album: Winner


  • David Armstrong — Brother
  • Allen Armstrong — Brother
  • Adrienne Armstrong — Wife
  • Joseph Marcicano Armstrong — Son
  • Jakob Danger Armstrong — Son
  • Ollie Armstrong — Mother
  • Andy Armstrong — Father
  • Holly — Sister
  • Marci — Sister
  • Anna Armstrong Humann — Sister


  • Birth Place: California
  • Profession: Rock singer, Guitarist

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