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Dua Lipa and Little Mix At Brit Awards

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Dua Lipa won two major awards at the Brits; the UK’s first major in-person ceremony of the Covid era.

The test event at London’s O2 Arena took place with a 4,000-strong audience and no social distancing or face masks.

Dua Lipa’s Award Dedication

Furthermore, after winning the best British female award which was her first of the night, that the star called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to give nurses and NHS workers pay rise.

Dua demanded a pay rise for NHS workers as she won. In fact, Dua Lipa dedicated hers to British nurse Dame Elizabeth Anionwu – who she noted has spent “a stellar nursing career fighting racial injustice” and “protecting frontline workers”.

“She has also said that there’s a massive disparity between gratitude and respect for frontline workers. Because it is very good to clap for them, but we need to pay them. So I think what we should do, is we should all give a massive, massive round of applause and give Boris a message that we all support a fair pay rise is for our frontline,” Dua Lipa said.

The audience, which was packed with key workers, gave her a standing ovation.

In addition to that, Dua Lipa had performed a medley of hits before receiving the awards. The hit was from her latest floor-filling record. In fact, it is fair to say the performance was a visual love letter to her home city of London. She wore a union jack skirt which evoked memories of Spice Girl Geri Halliwell’s famous patriotic dress.

Little Mix Speak About ‘Misogyny and Sexism’

British girl band, Little Mix called out sexism in the music industry. This was after becoming the first all-female outfit to win best British group.

In fact, Little Mix dedicated their award to some of the great all-female bands who could and should have won in previous years.

“It is not easy, being a female in the UK pop industry. We have seen white male dominance, misogyny and sexism, and a lack of diversity. We are proud that we have stuck together, surrounded ourselves with strong women and are now using our voices more than ever.” said Leigh-Anne Pinnock while accepting their award.

In addition to that, Jade Thirlwall made a beautiful dedication to the award:

“The fact that a girl band has never won this award really does speak volumes. So this award isn’t just for us, it’s for the Spice Girls, Sugababes, All Saints, Girls Aloud. All of the incredible female bands – this one is for you,” Jade Thirlwall added.

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