Dua Lipa (/ˈduːə ˈliːpə/; Albanian: [ˈdua ˈlipa]; born 22 August 1995) is an English singer and songwriter. After working as a model, she signed with Warner Bros. Records in 2014 and released her eponymous debut album in 2017. The album peaked at number three on the UK Albums Chart and yielded eight singles, including “Be the One”, “IDGAF”, and the UK number-one single “New Rules”, which also peaked at number six in the US. The album has been certified platinum in numerous countries worldwide and won Lipa the Brit Awards for British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act in 2018.
Her 2018 single “One Kiss” with Calvin Harris peaked at number one in the UK and became the year’s longest-running number-one single by a female artist, winning the 2019 Brit Award for Song of the Year. In 2019, she won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist, as well as the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording for her Silk City collaboration “Electricity”. Later that year, Lipa released “Don’t Start Now” as the lead single from her second studio album, Future Nostalgia (2020). Reaching number two in the UK and US, and number four on the US year-end chart, it was the most commercially successful song by a female artist in the US in 2020. Its follow-up singles “Levitating”, “Physical” and “Break My Heart” also charted in the top ten, with “Levitating” reaching number one on the US year-end chart in 2021.
Future Nostalgia received critical acclaim and earned six Grammy nominations—including Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year—and became her first UK number-one album. The album helped Lipa win British Female Solo Artist and British Album of the Year at the 2021 Brit Awards. She has received many accolades, including recognition on the Time 100 Next list (2021). She made her runway debut at Versace’s Spring/Summer 2022 show at Milan Fashion Week.
List of awards and nominations received by Dua Lipa
English singer Dua Lipa is the recipient of numerous awards. This includes nominations for fifteen Brit Awards, eight Grammy Awards and seven NME Awards, winning six, three and one respectively. She became the first female artist to receive five nominations in a single year at the Brit Awards.
awards and nominations
Lipa signed a record deal with Warner Music Group in 2015 and released her self-titled debut album in 2017, which earned her nominations for Album of the Year at the 2017 BBC Music Awards, British Album of the Year at the 2018 Brit Awards, and won International Album of the Year at the thirteenth edition of the LOS40 Music Awards.
The single “New Rules”, from her self-titled album, earned nominations for British Single of the Year and Best British Video at the 2018 Brit Awards, Best Music Video at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards and Song of the Year at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. The song won Direction for Music Videos at the 2018 D&AD Awards and Best Song To Lip Sync To at the 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards. “One Kiss”, a collaboration with Scottish record producer Calvin Harris, and “IDGAF” were also nominated for British Single of the Year and Best British Video at the 2019 Brit Awards.
Lipa won Best New Artist and Best Dance Recording for “Electricity”, a collaboration with British-American duo Silk City, at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. She released her second studio album, Future Nostalgia, in 2020. It won Best Pop Vocal Album at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, and earned a nomination for Album of the Year. The album’s lead single, “Don’t Start Now” (2019), received nominations for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the same ceremony.
Main articles: Dua Lipa discography and List of songs recorded by Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa (2017)
Future Nostalgia (2020)
Artistry and reception
Lipa has a mezzo-soprano vocal range. Her music is primarily pop, and has also been described as disco, house and R&B. Stylistically, her music has been described as dance-pop, synth-pop, R&B, dream pop, alternative pop, and nu-disco subgenres. Lipa herself describes her musical style as “dark pop”. She is also noted for singing in a “distinct, husky, low register”, and her “sultry” tone. Regarding her songwriting process, Lipa states she usually comes to the studio with a concept and starts developing the song with her co-writers. She cites Kylie Minogue, Pink, Nelly Furtado, Jamiroquai, Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper amongst her musical influences. “My idea of pop has been P!nk and Christina Aguilera and Destiny’s Child and Nelly Furtado”, said Lipa in a GQ interview in 2018. Her second studio album Future Nostalgia (2020) was inspired by artists that she listened to during her teens, including Gwen Stefani, Madonna, Moloko, Blondie and Outkast.
A study conducted by the Office for National Statistics revealed that the number of people born with the name “Dua” in England and Wales was 63 in 2017, the year Lipa earned her first UK number one song with “New Rules”; this amount increased to 126 in 2019. In May 2018, she was listed on British Vogue inaugural list of the 25 most influential British women of 2018 with Lipa being the youngest on the list at the age of 22, in its review praising her 2017 song “New Rules” as an “anthem of female empowerment [and] laid out a blueprint for modern sex lives”, in addition to described her as a “culture definer”.
In February 2019, the first wax figure of Lipa was unveiled at the Madame Tussauds London, inspired by her appearance during her performance at Glastonbury Festival 2017. Two months later, a second wax figure sculpted of Lipa was unveiled at the Madame Tussauds Amsterdam in allusion of her performance at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.
Lyndsey Havens from Billboard credited Lipa as the protagonist on disco’s revival in 2020 by her song “Don’t Start Now” (2019). She inspired the French photographer, Hugo Comte, in his first photo-book. She was included in Time’s 100 Next list on future 100 world’s most influential people by Australian singer Kylie Minogue who in her review called Lipa a “shining star”. Mark Sutherland and Jem Aswad from Variety rated Lipa as one of the most impactful women in the global entertainment industry.