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EntertainmentDua Lipa Subtly Called Out Grammy President Neil Portnow in Her Acceptance Speech

09:10  11 february  2019
09:10  11 february  2019 Source:   elle.com

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Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for The Recording A. Dua Lipa didn’t accept her first Grammy without sticking it to the man. Upon receiving the Best New Artist Grammy on Sunday, the singer took a dig at Recording Academy President Neil Portnow

Watch Dua Lipa ’s speech for Best New Artist at the 61st GRAMMY Awards. https About the Recording Academy / GRAMMYs : Recording Academy is the world's leading society of musical professionals, and is dedicated to celebrating, honoring, and sustaining music's past, present and

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Dua Lipa is now a two-time Grammy award winning singer. After scoring the 2019 Grammy award for Best Dance Recording for her and Silk City's "Electricity," the pop star also took home the Grammy for Best New Artist and used her acceptance speech to slyly call out Neil Portnow, president of The Recording Academy.

When accepting the award, 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!"

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Neil R. Portnow is the president of The Recording Academy. Portnow was formerly the vice- president of the West Coast division of Jive Records. Portnow grew up in Great Neck, New York.

Minutes before Neil Portnow gave his annual Grammys speech , best new artist winner Dua Lipa tossed some shade at the outgoing Recording Academy president 's controversial comments from last year." What an honor it is to be nominated alongside so many great female artists," the pop singer said.

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Dua Lipa Subtly Called Out Grammy President Neil Portnow in Her Acceptance Speech © Thomson Reuters 61st Grammy Awards - Photo Room - Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 10, 2019 - Dua Lipa poses backstage with her awards for Best Dance Recording for "Electricity" and for Best New Artist. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni Lipa was referring to a controversial comment Portnow made about last year's Grammy Awards telecast-during which only one woman, Alessia Cara, received a solo award.

He stated that women needed to step up if they wanted to be recognized at the ceremony. "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… [They need] to step up because I think they would be welcome."

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Dua Lipa (/ˈduːə ˈliːpə/; Albanian: [ˈdua ˈlipa]; born 22 August 1995) is an English singer and songwriter. Her musical career began at age 14

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Dua Lipa Subtly Called Out Grammy President Neil Portnow in Her Acceptance Speech © Thomson Reuters 61st Grammy Awards - Show - Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 10, 2019 - St Vincent performs with Dua Lipa. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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Portnow's "step up" comment received a lot of backlash from within the music industry and resulted in a petition for his removal as The Recording Academy's president. The petition received over 13,500 signatures.

After his comments caught fire, Portnow issued an official apology addressing his comments. “I regret that I wasn’t as articulate as I should have been in conveying this thought,” he said. “I remain committed to doing everything I can to make our music community a better, safer, and more representative place for everyone.” Three months after the controversy, Portnow announced that he will step down from his position, effective in July 2019.

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Mai, Lipa and Post Malone are well aware of The Recording Academy’s current issues. They’ve heard president /CEO Neil Portnow ’s controversial comments Like how they offered Lorde a Tom Petty tribute instead of a solo slot, when everyone else in her category got one. If you want us to step up

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