One of the greatest moments at this year’s BRIT awards without a doubt was thanks to Dua Lipa. From a groundbreaking performance to acceptance speeches, she brought the show together.
She was last night’s winner of Best British Female, as well as Best Album. Deserving the win, her acceptance speech is one that will be remembered for years to come.
This year’s best female artist award and best album award were won by Dua Lipa, which was soon after Little Mix’s historic win with Best British Group.
With Dua Lipa’s award came a motivation acceptance speech. She started by mentioning and recognising women’s work in the industry.
Dua Lipa said: “Last time I was up here accepting this award in 2018, I said that I wanted to see more women on these stages, and I feel so proud that three years later we’re seeing that happen. It really is such an honour to be a part of this wave of women and music.”
Lipa honoured Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, a nurse and currently an Emeritus Professor of Nursing. Anionwu was honoured at the Pride of Britain Awards in 2019 and was made a dame in 2017. Lipa said: “And I’ve chosen that my best British female of the year is Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, and she has spent her stellar nursing career”. She added after being interrupted by the crowd’s cheers: “She has spent her stellar nursing career fighting racial injustice, she has also spent so much time and is a strong, strong advocate for protecting frontline workers.”
Dame Elizabeth reacted to Dua Lipa’s tribute by tweeting “Thank you so much @DUALIPA for your nomination and your support for better pay for frontline #NHS staff. Congratulations on your own #FemaleSoloArtist #brits2021 award!”
During her speech Dua Lipa made sure to send a message to Boris to give a pay rise to the well-deserved NHS staff, she said: “It’s very good to clap for them, but we need to pay them. I think what we should do is we should all give a massive, massive round of applause and give Boris (Johnson) a message that we all support a fair pay rise for our front line.”
For her second trophy, Lipa honoured Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, a twenty-year-old man who jumped in the River Thames to rescue a woman and sadly ended up dying and she honoured Joaquin Garcia who went to the rescue as well.
She said: “I wanted to honour this award to Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole, or Jimi, as he’s known by his friends and family, and Joaquin Garcia, Jimi and Joaquin heroically attempted to rescue a woman who’d fallen from London Bridge and tragically, Jimi did not survive. Jimi and Joaquin knowingly put themselves in danger and they did it without hesitation, even though they were a stranger to each other and the women that they were rescuing. So, it’d be really fitting if their actions were recognised with a bravery award, and I hope this can happen to give Jimi’s family some comfort. This award is for Jimi and Joaquin – Jimi you have touched the hearts of a whole nation and we will never forget you.”