Dua Lipa triumphs in a Brit Awards dominated by women
Dua Lipa triumphs in a Brit Awards dominated by women

Dua Lipa received the awards for best female artist and best album at the British Music Awards

Dua Lipa, at the Brit Awards.JOHN MARSHALL / HANDOUT

Dua Lipawas crowned this Tuesday as the absolute winner at the Brit awards ceremony, adding to her palmars the award of Best British Female Artist and Best Album por “Future Nostalgia”.

The British composer of Albanian-Kosovar origin starred in a gala that marked the return of live shows to the United Kingdom after the pandemic, and was a multi-colored splurge of female empowerment in front of 4,000 attendees, mostly “essential workers”.

Coldplay they were in charge of opening the night, with a memorable performance from a platform on the Tmesis River in front of London’s O2 Arena. With colorful fireworks and holograms they presented their new single “Higher Power”.

Coldplay, during their performance.
Coldplay, during their performance.HANDOUT

Dua Lipa took the witness dressed in the Union Jack, the british flag, while pretending to travel on a ‘glam’ version of the London Underground and performing some of his biggest hits, such as “Hallucinate”, “Dont start now” or “Physical”.

Women were the main protagonists of the night and took most of the awards. In fact, four of the five nominees in the top category, Best British Album, were female. Dua Lipa, who won two of the three awards for which she was nominated, took advantage of her speeches to vindicate the role of women in the industry, as well as workers who have been on the front line during the pandemic.

“It’s great to applaud them but we also have to pay them. I think we all have to give them a huge round of applause and send Boris a message. [Johnson] that we all support a fair pay raise for those in the front line, “he added between cheers from the audience.

2021 was the year in which, after 41 editions of the Brit, the Global Icon award went to a woman: Taylor Swift, the only artist in less than a year who has managed to place three of her albums at number one on the UK sales charts.

“We live in a world where anyone can say what they want about you, but you have the right to prove them wrong,” said Taylor Swift upon receiving the award.

For its part, Little Mix was crowned the best British group and also made history in the Brit, being the first female group to win this award after 41 editions of the awards. “It is not easy being a girl group in the British music industry,” they admitted when collecting the award in a speech in which they spoke of “misogyny”, “discrimination” and “sexism” which women artists face.

Internationally, HAIM’s American sisters won the award for best group;Billie Eilish won the award for best female artist. The Weeknd received the Brit for Best Male Artist from former US First Lady Michelle Obama.

London’s O2 Arena lived a frenzy gala which featured, for the fourth year in a row, the incisive humor of the British comedian Jake Whitehall, as well as the performances of Griff -awarded as a revelation artist-, or the promise of pop Olivia Rodrigo, who made her debut on British soil playing her already well-known “Drivers License”.

One of the most special moments of the night, without a doubt, was the versin de “Its a sin” de Pet Shop Boys a cargo de Elton John y Years and Years, which was reminiscent of the homonymous series on AIDS in the eighties and highlighted the rainbow as a symbol of the British people during the pandemic.

The former ‘One Direction’ component, Harry Styles and his “Watermelon Sugar” won the Brit for best British single, snatching the opportunity to take the triplet from Dua Lipa. The voices of Rag N Bone and Pink, along with a gospel choir, put the finishing touch to a night that remembered those of yesteryear, without masks, or safety distance, and returned the illusion for the music in a litmus test for the British culture after the pandemic.

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