'I began with champagne for breakfast,' she tells Billboard of her celebration plans.
Dua Lipa was in a gathering Friday morning (Dec. 7) when her cellphone began blowing up. “When individuals began to FaceTime me, I knew one thing had occurred,” the singer tells Billboard.
That one thing turned out to be what Lipa calls “a fucking spotlight of my yr": Two Grammy nominations, one for finest new artist and the opposite for finest dance recording for “Electricity,” her collaboration with Diplo and Mark Ronson’s Silk City aspect mission.
“I needed to cease [the meeting] as a result of I began crying,” she says. “I haven’t actually been capable of course of it. I’ve been crying all morning. I’m actually excited and grateful and brought again by the response. It’s laborious for me to place it into phrases.”
Though Lipa’s abilities have been acknowledged by awards exhibits all over the world prior to now few years, she says acknowledgement from the Recording Academy is the music trade’s high honor. “It’s the most important nomination you could possibly get,” she says. “So many artists I’ve appeared as much as my complete life have been nominated, it’s such a thrill to me. And being from Kosovo and seeing how a lot it means to individuals again house is loopy. It means so much to me as properly. I really feel like I’m representing myself but additionally the U.Okay. and Kosovo too. It’s a really proud second for me.”
Lipa -- who attended and introduced at Billboard’s Women in Music ceremony the earlier evening -- mentioned that her nomination feels additional particular following outcry over the shortage of ladies winners on the 2018 Grammys, which impressed the #GrammysSoMale hashtag. (In response to the criticism, outgoing Recording Academy president/ceo Neil Portnow mentioned that ladies ought to “step up” in the event that they needed to see themselves higher represented.)
“I really feel just like the trade has been dominated by males for such a very long time,” she says. “To get up and be nominated in one of the best new artist class, the place each artist besides for 2 [Luke Combs and Greta Van Fleet] is a girl, that’s a superb feeling. I’m so pleased with all the women, as a result of I do really feel like we have to work a bit more durable, and that’s not taking the deserves away from any male artist -- I understand how demanding this job could be. I simply really feel actually grateful to be nominated alongside so many gifted ladies I like, and a few I even name my mates.”
Lipa can’t precisely chill in the mean time -- she’s bought a full day of labor forward of her, together with conferences and a flight to catch. But she did discover a while to have fun this morning: “I began with champagne for breakfast,” the singer says with amusing. “It’s extra about having fun with the sensation moderately than doing one thing to have fun. All I wish to do is do my job to one of the best of my means. I’m so grateful for this chance, and I wish to make sure that individuals really feel like they made the best selection for nominating me for these classes."