Dua Lipa's Powerful Best New Artist Acceptance Speech Cut Off During Grammys

Dua Lipa at the

Jeff Kravitz via Getty Images Dua Lipa at the Grammys

Before her acceptance speech was cut off, Best New Artist Grammy victor Dua Lipa shouted out her fellow female nominees this year, commenting that "I guess this year we really stepped up".

"I know i'm not there tonight (trust, i tried and still truly wished it had worked out tbh) and i know i said i try not to put too much weight into these things. but f**k. this is wild and handsome. thank you so much".

According to Rolling Stone, this comment on stage was a direct rebuttal to remarks made by The Recording Academy President Neil Portnow, former head of the organization that runs the Grammys, who said past year that to attain the prominence and equal representation, women in the music business would need to "step up". "I think do you girl as long as you do you and I do me will be good", she said. Her speech only got more inspirational from there.

The synth-pop star beat out fellow Londoner Jorja Smith along with rising pop singer-songwriter Bebe Rexha and the enigmatic R&B performer H.E.R. "I really believe in it, and I believe in you". Lipa had the second-best odds of winning.

Lipa released her self-titled debut album in June 2017, and its hit single "New Rules" later peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Last year, there was controversy about the awards show - and this category specifically - being dominated by men.

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