Grammys victor Dua Lipa says 21 Savage's ICE arrest is 'upsetting'

Carla Harmon
February 13, 2019

Dua Lipa seemingly made a dig at Recording Academy president Neil Portnow as she accepted her Best New Artist award at Sunday's Grammys.

In February 2018, Lipa won two BRIT Awards for British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act.

The statement was a reference to Portnow's comments past year when he said that female performers needed to "step up" in order to be nominated and win awards. "I think do you girl as long as you do you and I do me will be good", she said. "I guess where I want to begin is by saying how honoured I am to be nominated alongside so many incredible female artists, I guess this year we've really stepped up".

Her friends and family cheered on the star as she shouted and danced upon hearing the impressive news.

It's unfortunate that Lipa wasn't given time to finish her speech, but Lipa continued the discussion she opened at Grammy press rooms after the ceremony was over.

Tearfully taking to the stage, Dua said she was "so nervous, excited and grateful" to accept the trophy, after beating the likes of Bebe Rexha, H.E.R., Jorja Smith, Chloe x Halle and Luke Combs.

"Being in the new artist category and having so many female artists nominated is a big change, and it's the change that we hope to see for many years to come", Lipa said in a People report.

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