Dua Lipa ends 2018 on a high

Dua Lipa

British singer Dua Lipa is ending the year with a bang. Not only has she repeated her 2017 feat of being the female musician most streamed by UK Spotify listeners, she’s also been nominated for two Grammy Awards and graced the cover of British Vogue’s January “future issue”.

Having increased her international reach over the past 12 months, Dua Lipa was the second most-streamed female artist on Spotify globally this year, being pipped only by Ariana Grande. Her self-titled debut album was also fourth on Spotify’s global album streaming chart.

Adding to her end-of-year bounty, she was nominated for both Best New Artist and Best Dance Recording at the 2019 Grammy Awards, which will be announced on 10 February. The news prompted a bout of all-caps effervescence, as she tweeted: “TWO NOMINATIONS TWO GRAMMY NOMINATIONS IM SO HAPPY BUT I CANT STOP CRYING I CANT BELIEVE IT!!!!”

Dua Lipa has Albanian heritage, as does fellow two-time 2019 Grammy nominee Bebe Rexha. The American singer tweeted: “Two Albanian girls nominated for 2 Grammys. In my heart we already won. To all the Albanian girls and all the girls around the world, anything is possible so keep following your dreams and keep on breaking the mold [sic].”

Rounding out her strong showing, Dua Lipa was one of three rising stars selected for British Vogue’s future issue, alongside American model Binx Walton and Guyanese-born British actress Letitia Wright.

Editor-in-chief Edward Enninful described the 23-year-old singer as “a remarkable game changer” in his editor’s letter for the issue.

When the time came for me and my team to put together this special Future Issue – dedicated to the revolution that a new generation of talent is bringing about in the fashion industry and beyond – I could not have been more excited,” he said.

“There are moments when, as a tilt to youth takes hold, you can almost feel society shifting its priorities and concerns. As a creative person, I find it – and them – immensely inspiring.”

In a video for the magazine, Dua Lipa said that her biggest inspiration is her Albanian parents and their work ethic. She said: “Nothing comes easy or comes without really working hard for it.”

Sharing a photo of her Vogue cover shoot, she described it as “such an honour”, adding: “Here’s to the future.”

Words: Craig Nicholson
Photo: Markus Pritzi

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