Dua Lipa urged British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to offer Nationwide Well being Service employees a pay rise as she landed a double victory at Tuesday’s BRIT Awards.
Dua was the large winner on the ceremony, taking house awards for Album of the Yr and British Feminine Solo Artist, and whereas accepting her first gong, she honoured healthcare employees for his or her efforts in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic.
She additionally introduced she can be sharing her award with nurse Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, the emeritus professor of nursing on the College of West London.
“She has spent her stellar nursing profession combating racial injustice,” Dua mentioned. “She has additionally spent a lot time and is a robust, robust advocate for shielding frontline employees.
“She has additionally mentioned that there is a large disparity between gratitude and respect for frontline employees, as a result of it is superb to clap for them however we have to pay them. And so I feel what we must always do is we must always all give an enormous, large spherical of applause and provides Boris a message that all of us help a good pay rise for our frontline.”
Dua later devoted her Album of the Yr honour to Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole – aka Jimi, who misplaced his life when he and one other man tried to avoid wasting a girl from drowning within the River Thames final month.
“Jimi tragically didn’t survive… they knowingly put themselves at risk despite the fact that they have been strangers to one another and to the lady,” the singer mentioned. “It could be becoming in the event that they have been recognised with a bravery award… You’ve touched the hearts of a complete nation and we are going to always remember you.”
It was a giant night time for feminine artists, with Taylor Swift successful the International Icon award. Presenting the honour, Recreation of Thrones star Maisie Williams described the Lover singer as “an inspiration to individuals around the globe” for her potential to face up for what she believes in. Friends Selena Gomez and Ed Sheeran provided up video tributes.
Taylor was overjoyed to be receiving the award from the actress and mentioned, “Anybody who is aware of me in any respect is aware of that Recreation of Thrones is my life.”
Accepting her trophy, she added, “I wanna thank the Brits and anybody who determined that I might be up for this unbelievable honour. I am actually proud to be a part of this musical group, particularly in a yr the place we wanted music a lot – and what we wanted much more was the assistance and help of the NHS and the important thing employees which can be right here for us tonight. Thanks for all the things you have performed for us.”
After thanking her collaborators and household, she mentioned, “There are such a lot of unbelievable artists on this room tonight and lots of people watching who’ve targets and ambitions for yourselves. I want you to listen to me: there is no such thing as a profession path that comes freed from negativity. In the event you’re met with resistance that most likely implies that you are doing one thing new. In the event you’re experiencing turbulence or strain that most likely means you are rising and there is perhaps instances the place you set your complete coronary heart and soul into one thing and it’s met with cynicism or scepticism.”
Elsewhere, Grammy winner Billie Eilish beat out Taylor for the Worldwide Feminine Solo Artist, and accepting her award through video, she mentioned, “That is an honour. The BRITs was so magical for me final yr and I give it some thought on a regular basis so thanks a lot.”
Sister trio Haim have been the winners of the Greatest Worldwide Group award, beating out scorching favourites BTS, and at last scooped an award after their third nomination within the class. They turned the primary girls to win the award since 1999 recipients The Corrs.
Greatest British Single went to Harry Kinds for Watermelon Sugar, and former U.S. First Woman Michelle Obama was a shock presenter of the award for Greatest Worldwide Male Solo Artist, which went to The Weeknd following his efficiency.
In her tribute to the star she highlighted his impression as a musician and a performer, and in addition his charitable donations to Covid aid, Black Lives Matter, meals support in Ethiopia and extra.
“In a tricky yr, he is supplied a lightweight that is fairly blinding and given us all a motive to bop,” Obama mentioned.
Accepting his award, The Weeknd thanked his followers within the U.Ok. and paid tribute to the individuals struggling in his native Ethiopia, stating, “You might be deep in my coronary heart.”
In the meantime Elton John and Olly Alexander teamed up for the efficiency spotlight, duetting on a canopy of the Pet Store Boys’ It is a Sin, which might be launched as a single, with proceeds benefiting the Elton John AIDS Basis.
Different performances on the night time got here from Headie One and AJ Tracey, alongside Younger T and Bugsey, whereas Arlo Parks, Rising Star winner Griff, Rag and Bone Man and Pink additionally entertained the viewers of key employees.
The complete listing of winners:
Breakthrough Artist – Arlo Parks
British Group – Little Combine
British Male Solo Artist – J Hus
Worldwide Feminine Solo Artist – Billie Eilish
British Feminine Solo Artist – Dua Lipa
Worldwide Male Solo Artist – The Weeknd
Worldwide Group – Haim
Rising Star – Griff
Greatest British Single – Harry Kinds, Watermelon Sugar
International Icon – Taylor Swift
Mastercard Album of the Yr – Dua Lipa, Future Nostalgia