Brit Awards 2021: Dua Lipa Wins Big With Two Awards At This Year’s Event
Dua Lipa won big at last night’s Brit Awards 2021, picking up the gong for Best British Female as well as Best British Album for Future Nostalgia. That now brings her total Brit award tally to five and makes her one of the UK’s most successful and critically acclaimed pop stars in the UK.
When she received the award for Best Female, Dua Lipa addressed the 2,500 key workers who had been given tickets to the show, saying: “It’s very good to clap for [frontline NHS staff], but we need to pay them,” as she dedicated her award to nurse and healthcare pioneer Dame Elizabeth Anionwu.
When she picked up the Brit award for Best Album she dedicated it to Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, the 20-year-old man who died after he attempted to save a woman who had fallen in the river Thames in April. She called for a bravery award to be given to him and Joaquin Garcia, who also attempted a rescue and survived along with the woman.
The Brit Awards 2021 made a marked change from 2020, when only one woman was nominated for an award – Mabel – whereas this year saw six women win awards: Taylor Swift for Global Icon; Griff won Rising Star; Billie Eilish won International Female; Haim won International Group; Arlo Parks scored the Breakthrough Artist award and Little Mix won British Group.
Little Mix became the first all-female band to win the British group award and dedicated their award to the female bands that went before them, including Girls Aloud and Spice Girls.
Taylor Swift became the first woman to receive the global icon award, previously won by David Bowie, Elton John and Robbie Williams. “There is no career path that comes free of negativity,” she said on receiving the award in person. “If you’re met with resistance that probably means that you’re doing something new.”