Dua Lipa calls for Boris Johnson to give NHS a pay rise in viral Brits … Tue, 11 May 2021 14:00:00 +0100-She also dedicated her best album award to a man who died trying to save a woman from the Thames.
The singer picked up the female solo artist award and announced she would be sharing her trophy with Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, the emeritus professor of nursing at the University of West London.
She said Dame Elizabeth has said there is a “massive disparity between gratitude and respect for frontline workers”.
Lipa added: “It’s very good to clap for them, but we need to pay them.
“I think what we should do is we should all give a massive, massive round of applause and give Boris (Johnson) a message that we all support a fair pay rise for our front line.”
Her speech was met with rapturous applause from the crowd, which contained 2,500 people working on the front line of the pandemic in the Greater London area.
Lipa’s Future Nostalgia was named best album, giving the singer her second gong of the night.
Accepting the award, Dua Lipa said recording the album had taught her “love and friendship” and thanked the songwriters, producers and artists she worked alongside.
NHS workers in the audience at the awards said they were thrilled to be attending because “it feels like you are being appreciated”.
Award recipients have been given a “double trophy” which comes in two parts.
They have been encouraged to give one part of their trophy to someone else.
Lipa also celebrated the progress made with female representation at the awards.
“Last time I was up here accepting this award in 2018 I said that I wanted to see more women on these stages,” she said.
“And I feel so proud that three years later, we are seeing that happen and it really is such an honour to be part of this wave of women in music.”
Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner voiced her support on Twitter.
She wrote: “Well said @DUALIPA. Claps don’t pay the bills, our NHS heroes need a proper pay rise now.”
Dua Lipa uses Brit Awards acceptance speech to call for NHS pay rise Tue, 11 May 2021 14:00:00 +0100-There's a very good reason everyone's talking about Dua Lipa's speech at the 2021 Brit Awards…
As the audience at the O2 Arena erupted into applause at the mere mention of the British nurse’s name, Dua Lipa continued: “She has spent her stellar nursing career fighting racial injustice. She has also spent so much time, and is a strong, strong advocate, for protecting frontline workers.
“And she has also said that there’s a massive disparity between gratitude and respect for frontline workers, because it’s very good to clap for them, but we need to pay them.
“So let’s give them all a massive round of applause and give Boris a message: we all support a fair pay rise for our frontline.”
Watch the speech in full below:
Considering all that’s happened over the past year, it’s unsurprising that Dua Lipa’s show of love to the NHS has gone down an absolute storm on Twitter.
“THAT SPEECH!!!!! OH MY DAYS!” tweeted one viewer of the Brit Awards.
“Oh wonderful speech @DUALIPA,” added another.
“Clap back AND pay up!”
Elsewhere, someone tweeted: “Dua Lipa using her winning speech to advocate for NHS workers getting a pay rise is the thing I like to see.”
“Can I be more of a Dua Lipa fan after this speech? Well I am now! Give front line workers a raise #BRITs,” said another.
And one more said: “I’m not crying! @DuaLipa’s @BRITs speech was SO powerful.”
– May 11, 2021
Dua Lipa uses Brit Awards acceptance speech to call for NHS pay rise
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