Dua Lipa Explains Why She Referenced Sexist ‘Step Up’ Comment in Grammys Speech

Dua Lipa didn’t settle for her first Grammy with out sticking it to the person. Upon receiving the Best New Artist Grammy on Sunday, the singer took a dig at Recording Academy President Neil Portnow, who acknowledged feminine artists needed to “step up” eventually yr’s ceremony. While accepting her award she mentioned it was an honor “to be nominated alongside so many unimaginable feminine artists this yr.” She then added, “I assume this yr we actually stepped up.” After her speech, the award winner defined her motivation to incorporate this refined shade.

“Being within the New Artist class and having so many feminine artists nominated is an enormous change. It’s a change we hope to see for a few years to come back,” she advised reporters within the press room on the present. “It’s an enormous distinction from earlier years. I really feel so grateful to have been part of the nominations after they got here out and to see so many ladies honored. Like, that is superb. It felt proper to have the ability to try this as a result of they have been artists I like and admire and I’m so honored to have the ability to share that second with them.”

And like many winners on Sunday, the UK native’s speech was lower off through the reside present. In the press room, she took the chance to complete her thanks’s. “I used to be so misplaced in what had simply occurred, it was so troublesome for me to recollect everybody’s names and take into consideration who I needed to thank,” she admitted. “My followers… they actually helped me get to the place I’m at the moment. To my staff, my label who fully slipped my thoughts, though it does take a military,” the artist continued. “My household, my little brother and sister, my associates… I’m grateful they’re nonetheless right here. All the artists that basically impressed me as a result of with out them, I really feel like, I in all probability wouldn’t have dreamt as massive as I did… For everybody who felt as a result of they’d a unique background or story… it doesn’t matter what you do or the place you’re from, what your background is, or what you consider in, [that can’t] get in the best way of you and your desires.”