While accepting her award for “Best New Artist” at Sunday night’s Grammys, London singer/songwriter Dua Lipa called out Grammy Chief Neil Portnow for his comments last year on women needing “to step up” in order to be more involved.
Subsequent to his remarks, rapper Iggy Azalea, singer P!nk, and many others blasted Portnow, and now Lip during her speech, subtly jabbed him, stating, “Oh my goodness. Thank you so much. Where I want to begin is by saying how honored I am to be nominated alongside so many incredible female artists this year. Because, I guess this year we really stepped up.”
In addition to her speech, Lipa tells The Hollywood Reporter, “It only felt right. I feel that, first of all, being in the new artist category and having so many female artists nominated is a big change. It’s a big difference than the previous years. To see so many women honored, I was like ‘this is amazing.’ It only felt right to be able to do that.”
Furthermore, Portnow’s original comments read, “I think it has to begin with women who have the creativity in their hearts and their souls who want to be musicians, who want to be engineers, who want to be producers, who want to be part of the industry on an executive level to step up.”