British pop star Dua Lipa wins Grammy for Best New Artist

Danny Woods
February 14, 2019

The singer thanked her fans who "have allowed me to be the best..."

The 23-year-old was born in London to parents who emigrated from Kosovo; her father moonlighted as a rocker in the Kosovar band Oda, in which he was lead vocalist.

Lipa continued, "For anyone who hasn't realized how special they are to have a different story or background, just know that no matter where you're from, never let that get in the way of your dreams". "I guess this year we've really stepped up", she said, making reference to Recording Academy president Neil Portow's tone deaf comments about female artists during the 2018 ceremony.

"And I'm proof that you can do whatever you put your mind to". Lipa had the second-best odds of winning.

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Tonight's Best New Artist win marks Lipa's second Grammy win and her second nomination. We popped her hit New Rules as this week's Music Crush Monday selection, but you'd be sleeping on her talent if you don't also check out Electricity and her single for the upcoming Alita Battle Angel feature film.

The English-Kosovan vocalist has seen her career go stratospheric in the past year, with her eponymous debut spawning a series of number one singles.

Lipa beat out HER, Luke Combs, Bebe Rexha, Greta Van Fleet, Jorja Smith, Chloe X Halle, and Margo Price for the trophy.

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