Dua Lipa very subtly calls out Grammy President in her acceptance speech

Brandi Carlile accepts the award for American Roots Performance for

Brandi Carlile accepts the award for American Roots Performance for"The Joke onstage during the 61st Annual Grammy Awards pre-telecast show

Last year's Best New Artist victor was Alessia Cara, who presented Lipa with her award tonight. While Dua Lipa may not feel super new to us (I'm sorry, where was her Grammy for "IDGAF"?!), she's technically a new artist.

Dua Lipa accepts the Grammy for Best New Artist during the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

According to Rolling Stone, this comment on stage was a direct rebuttal to remarks made by The Recording Academy President Neil Portnow, former head of the organization that runs the Grammys, who said a year ago that to attain the prominence and equal representation, women in the music business would need to "step up". "You'll be hearing from me soon", she said.

"I guess this year we've really stepped up". "[They need] to step up because I think they would be welcome".

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"Oh my goodness, thank you so much", Dua said.

Footage from the press room shows that Dua Lipa did not leave her comments on the stage and that she continued to speak about the subject when quizzed by reporters. "It felt right to be able to do that because they were artists I love and admire and I'm so honored to be able to share that moment with them".

Correction: A previous version of this article introduced Dua Lipa as "Prishtina-born".

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