Portnow said in an interview with Varietyin 2018 that female musicians should "step up", when responding to criticism that only one female solo artist took home a Grammy in 2018.
The 23-year-old singer, who had just performed with St. Vincent, couldn't help but express her shock and gratitude onstage. 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.
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The statement was a reference to Portnow's comments past year when he said that female performers needed to "step up" in order to be nominated and win awards.
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. Last year, there was controversy about the awards show - and this category specifically - being dominated by men. In addition to a group of female executives calling for his resignation, stars like Pink slammed Portnow's statement, saying, "Women in music don't need to "step up" - women have been stepping since the beginning of time". "It's a change we hope to see for many years to come", she said. "I think it takes two to tango in that", Musgraves said backstage. "I was like, 'This is fantastic.' They're artists that I love and admire, and I'm so glad to be able to share that with them".