Dua Lipa is now a two-time Grammy award profitable singer. After scoring the 2019 Grammy award for Finest Dance Recording for her and Silk Metropolis’s “Electrical energy,” the pop star additionally took dwelling the Grammy for Finest New Artist and used her acceptance speech to slyly name out Neil Portnow, president of The Recording Academy.
When accepting the award, Lipa stated, “I simply needed to say how honored I’m to be nominated alongside so many unbelievable feminine artists this yr, as a result of I assume this yr we actually stepped up!”
Lipa was referring to a controversial remark Portnow made about final yr’s Grammy Awards telecast-during which just one lady, Alessia Cara, acquired a solo award. He acknowledged that ladies wanted to step up in the event that they needed to be acknowledged on the ceremony. “Girls who’ve the creativity of their hearts and souls, who need to be musicians, who need to be engineers, producers, and need to be a part of the business on the chief degree… [They need] to step up as a result of I believe they’d be welcome.”
Portnow’s “step up” remark acquired lots of backlash from throughout the music business and resulted in a petition for his removing as The Recording Academy’s president. The petition acquired over 13,500 signatures.
After his feedback caught hearth, Portnow issued an official apology addressing his feedback. “I remorse that I wasn’t as articulate as I ought to have been in conveying this thought,” he stated. “I stay dedicated to doing all the things I can to make our music group a greater, safer, and extra consultant place for everybody.” Three months after the controversy, Portnow introduced that he’ll step down from his place, efficient in July 2019.
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