Dua Lipa seemingly made a dig at Recording Academy president Neil Portnow as she accepted her Best New Artist award at Sunday’s Grammys.
The 23-year-old, who beat Chloe x Halle, H.E.R., Margo Price, Bebe Rexha, and Jorja Smith to bag the honour, said as she took the stage: “I guess where I want to begin is by saying how honoured I am to be nominated among so many incredible female artists.
“I guess this year we’ve really stepped up.”
Lipa’s comments appear to reference Portnow’s suggestion from last year that women needed to “step up” when asked why the 2018 awards were predominantly male.
He previously told Variety, “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. [They need] to step up because I think they would be welcome.”
Lipa then said backstage, according to People: “First of all, being in the New Artists 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.
“It’s a big difference from the previous years and I feel so grateful to be a part of the nominations when they came out on December 7, I believe, and to see so many women on it – I was like, This is amazing. They’re artists that I love and admire, and I’m so glad to be able to share that with them.”