British pop sensation Dua Lipa scored two huge wins at The 2018 BRIT Awards which were held Feb. 21 at London’s O2 Arena. Lipa defeated fellow nominees Dave, J Hus, Loyle Carner, and Sampha to take home the fan-voted British Breakthrough Act award. She also won British Female Solo Artist, beating out Jessie Ware, Kate Tempest, Laura Marling and Paloma Faith.
Lipa also made BRIT Awards history this year by becoming the first female artist to score five nominations. She was also up for British Artist Video of the Year and British Single, both for her empowering breakup anthem “New Rules,” as well as Mastercard British Artist Album of the Year for her self-titled debut album.
During her heartfelt acceptance speech, the British native singer-songwriter thanked fans, her entire crew that supports her, as well as her family and friends. She also gave a special shout-out to her fellow female music artists and women everywhere saying, “I also wanna thank every single female that has been on this stage before me, that has given girls like me, not just girls in the music industry, but girls in society; a place to be inspired by, to look up to, that have allowed us to dream this big.”
Lipa made her BRIT Awards performance debut by counting off breakup “Dos and Don’ts” while surrounded by a swimsuit-clad legion of backup dancers. The gal-pal oriented video for “New Rules” has notably garnered over 1 billion views on YouTube since its July 2017 posting. Lipa also made a triumphant SNL debut performance of the song earlier this month. The track topped charts in multiple countries including Billboard’s Dance Club Songs and Mainstream Top 40 charts, as well as the UK Singles chart. You can watch Lipa’s British Female Solo artist acceptance speech in the video embedded above.
Dua Lipa is touring to support her album, including a stop in Stockholm, Sweden on April 24 at ANNEXET/Stockholm Live. Click here to purchase tickets from AXS. The 2018 BRIT Awards will air in the U.S. on AXS TV at 9 p.m.ET/6 p.m. PT, following the original U.K. broadcast.