Dua Lipa Says Women ‘Really Stepped Up’ this Year After She Wins Best New Artist at 2019 Grammys

Dua Lipa (new) rules the Grammys! The singer just took home the trophy for best new artist.

Lipa, who was nominated among a slew of other female singers including Chloe x Halle, Greta Van Fleet, H.E.R., Margo Price, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith. Luke Combs was the sole male up for the award.

“I guess where I want to begin is by saying how honored I am to be nominated among so many incredible female artists,” Lipa, 23, said while accepting her first Grammy. “I guess this year we’ve really stepped up.”

Her statement was interpreted to be a dig at outgoing Recording Academy president Neil Portnow, who in 2018 responded to criticism that the show’s winners were overwhelmingly male by saying “It has to begin with women who have the creativity in their hearts and souls, who want to be musicians, who want to be engineers, producers, and want to be part of the industry on the executive level. to step up because I think they would be welcome.”

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Lipa also thanked her fans and her team, and then used her speech to attempt to inspire others.

“For anyone that hasn’t realized how special they are to have a different story, a different background, a name that honors their roots because they just want to be normal whatever the hell that means, just know that no matter where you’re from or your background or what you believe in, never let that get in the way of you and your dreams because you deserve it,” she said.

“And I’m proof that you can do whatever you put your mind to and however hard you work and I really believe in it and I believe in you and thank you so much,” she concluded.

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Her hit “Electricity” was also up for best dance recording.

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“TWO NOMINATIONS TWO GRAMMY NOMINATIONS IM SO HAPPY BUT I CANT STOP CRYING I CANT BELIEVE IT!!!!” the British-born singer tweeted in December upon learning of her nominations.

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Aside from “New Rules,” Lipa also found charts success in the U.S. with “One Kiss” and “IDAGF.”

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards are broadcasting live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT on CBS.

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