Dua Lipa was sure to make a dig at the Grammys on Sunday, when she accepted her gong for Best New Artist 2019.
The British songstress, 23 – who also won for Best Dance Recording – referenced last year’s lack of female nominees and winners, slyly remarking that ‘I guess we really stepped up this year’ – after the Recording Academy President Neil Portnow made his own underhand dig about female artists in 2018 according to dailymail.co.uk.
Dua said: ‘Where I want to begin is by saying how honored I am to be nominated alongside so many incredible female artists this years. I guess this year we’ve really stepped up.
The New Rules singer included a shout out to her fans who helped propel her to success.
‘I want to say a really big thank you to my fans, who have allowed me to be the best version of myself. I love you guys very much,’ she said emotionally.
The singer also saluted her family, who were in attendance at the ceremony.
As she wrapped up her speech, the singer battled against the swelling music attempting to play her off to add: ‘I have one thing that I really want to say…
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, and I’m proof that you can do whatever you put your mind to, and however hard you work, I really believe in it and I believe in you. Thanks you so much.’
The London-born singer had been waiting nervously backstage after concluding a stirring performance with St Vincent.
Dua appeared on the stage in an edgy black and white dress festooned with golden safety pins.