Dua Lipa seemingly made a dig at Recording Academy president Neil Portnow as she accepted her Greatest New Artist award at Sunday’s Grammys.
The 23-year-old, who beat Chloe x Halle, H.E.R., Margo Worth, Bebe Rexha, and Jorja Smith to bag the honour, mentioned as she took the stage: “I assume the place I wish to start is by saying how honoured I’m to be nominated amongst so many unbelievable feminine artists.
“I assume this yr we’ve actually stepped up.”
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Lipa’s feedback seem to reference Portnow’s suggestion from final yr that girls wanted to “step up” when requested why the 2018 awards have been predominantly male.
He beforehand instructed Selection, “It has to start with girls who’ve the creativity of their hearts and souls, who wish to be musicians, who wish to be engineers, producers, and wish to be a part of the business on the chief stage. [They need] to step up as a result of I feel they’d be welcome.”
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Lipa then mentioned backstage, in accordance with Individuals: “To begin with, being within the New Artists class and having so many feminine artists nominated is an enormous change, and it’s the change that we hope to see for a few years to return.
“It’s an enormous distinction from the earlier years and I really feel so grateful to be part of the nominations once they got here out on December 7, I consider, and to see so many ladies on it – I used to be like, That is wonderful. They’re artists that I really like and admire, and I’m so glad to have the ability to share that with them.”