- Dua Lipa made a dig at the Recording Academy’s president Neil Portnow at the Grammy Awards last night.
- The British singer won two awards for Best Dance Recording and Best New Artist.
- In her acceptance speech, Lipa said: “I just wanted to say how honored I am to be nominated alongside so many incredible female artists this year because I guess this year we really stepped up!”
- She was referencing the controversial words of Portnow who last year said that women needed to “step up” after coming under fire for a lack of gender diversity at the awards.
- She wasn’t the only one to take a dig at the academy last night.
British singer Dua Lipa took home two trophies at last night’s Grammy Awards after winning Best Dance Recording for her and Silk City’s “Electricity” and Best New Artist.
Lipa used her emotional time on stage to thank her fans, heap praise on her female colleagues, and take a sly shot at Neil Portnow, president of The Recording Academy.
Last year, Portnow said that women needed to “step up” in order to establish their place in the music industry.
In her acceptance speech, Lipa said: “I just wanted to say how honored I am to be nominated alongside so many incredible female artists this year because I guess this year we really stepped up!”
The awards show came under fire last year for being too male-dominated – singer Alessia Cara was the only woman to win a top award during the live show when she won Best New Artist.
In a subsequent interview with Variety, Portnow appeared to portion some of the blame on women for the show’s lack of diversity.
“It has to begin with … women who have the creativity in their hearts and souls, who want to be musicians, who want to be engineers, producers, and want to be part of the industry on the executive level,” he said at the time.
“[They need] to step up because I think they would be welcome.”
The academy has also been criticized for lack of ethnic diversity in the past and has a self-confessed “problem with the hip-hop community,” who have complained that its difficult for them to win awards outside their genre.
Last night, Drake too took the opportunity to bash the awards during his acceptance speech, saying: “This is a business where sometimes it’s up to a bunch of people who might not understand what a mixed-race kid from Canada has to say or a fly Spanish girl from New York or anybody else, or a brother from Houston.
“But my point is you’ve already won if you have people singing your songs word for word, if you’re a hero in your hometown.
“Look, if there’s people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain, in the snow, spending their hard earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don’t need this right here. I promise you, you already won.”
Drake could then be heard saying, “But…” – presumably about to continue his tirade – when the broadcast suddenly cut to an ad break.
The Recording Academy did not immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.