Dua Lipa was arguably the most dominant female artist at The BRIT Awards 2018, winning an award in two categories, ‘British Female Solo Artist’ and ‘British Breakthrough Artist’. She enjoyed considerable success earlier this year with the single ‘One Kiss, which was created collaboratively with Calvin Harris. 2018 has been another good year for Dua, but whether she has done enough within the required timeframe to repeat last years success in 2019 remains to be seen.
An Inspired Musician
Dua’s love of music was inherited from her father, a singer and musician, who she names as her biggest single inspiration. She is currently supporting her father’s endeavour to bring a music festival to Kosovo. Her father. Dukagjin Lipa is aiming to put Kosovo on the cultural map, and wants the nation to be defined by more than conflict and scandals.
Her love of music was apparent from a young age. Born to Albanian parents in London, Dua moved to Kosovo at the age of 11. During her time in London she attended the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School. At 14 she started singing covers on YouTube to see if people liked her voice. At just 16, only 5-years after leaving, Dua moved back to London to pursue her career. She worked as a part-time singer, a hostess in nightclubs, and a model.
Her parents were supportive of her choice, but found it difficult to be apart from their daughter. Dua commented, “My mom was like, the second I woke up I had to call her. The second I left the house I had to call. The second I got to school, the second I got home.”
Dua embraced the dark side of London’s nightlife and used it as inspiration for her lyrics. Working hard to pay her bills while chasing her dream, Dua’s big moment came in 2015.
An Artist Blossoms
Dua Lipa’s big break came when she was signed to the record label, Warner Music Group. Later in 2015 she would release her first single,‘New Love’, and it was that October her big hit, ‘Be The One’, busted into the charts. Incredibly, Dua beat both Queen Bey (Beyoncé) and Taylor Swift to become Spotify’s most-streamed female in 2017. She also received the MTV Europe Music Award for Best New Act.
Her achievement at The BRIT Awards in 2018 was another outstanding moment in this young artist’s career. As well as collecting her awards, Dua also took to the stage to deliver an impressive live performance. She used her spotlight moment, when she received her first award, to show solidarity with the #TimesUpmovement, which has strived to use platforms like these to create awareness of proper conduct within the entertainment industry. She encouraged the contribution of female artists around the world, ‘Here’s to more women on these stages, more women winning awards, and more women taking over the world.’
She’s a huge talent and we can’t wait to witness the next step in her career.
The BRIT Awards 2018 winners
While Dua Lipa had a particularly good night at the BRITs, plenty of other artists also enjoyed success. Here is a list of all the winners in 2018.
BRITISH MALE SOLO ARTIST
BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
- Dua Lipa
- Rag ‘n’ Bone Man – Human
MASTERCARD BRITISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR
- Stormzy – Gang signs and prayer
BRITISH ARTIST VIDEO OF THE YEAR
- Harry Styles – Sign of the times
BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH ACT
- Dua Lipa
BRITISH GLOBAL SUCCESS AWARD
- Ed Sheeran
BRITISH PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
- Steve Mac
- Jorja Smith
INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST
- Kendrick Lamar
INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST
- Foo Fighters
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- Updated: 12/12/2018
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