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Former Parliament Hill pupil wins Grammy Award

Dua Lipa celebrates the number of women recognised by the judges

15 March, 2021

Dua Lipa

DUA Lipa last night (Sunday) celebrated how women had been recognised at this year’s Grammy Awards as she took home the gong for Best Pop Vocal Album.

The 25-year-old, who went to Fitzjohns Primary School in Hampstead and then Parliament Hill Secondary School in Highgate, won for her 2020 record Future Nostalgia.

“I feel really, really grateful. I am over the moon and I am so grateful for the recognition,” she said.

“For the recognition of women, I feel like there’s been a lot of female empowerment and lots of women winning awards tonight – and so it’s been absolutely amazing to be alongside all that, to feel that energy and for an album that means so much to me I’m just so proud to be standing here with this award.”

At Fitzjohns, before the coronavirus pandemic, pupils used to take part in a ‘wake up, shake up’ dance routine to their former pupil’s song, New Rules.

Ms Lipa moved to Kosovo with her family after primary school but later returned to London and studied at Parliament Hill School, and the Sylvia Young theatre school at weekends.

Yesterday, she also posted photos of her mother and sister, Rina, for Mother’s Day online and said in capital letters ‘thank you for all that you do’.

Ms Lipa had already won three Grammies in 2019 and follows in the footsteps of another north London singer, the late Amy Winehouse, who won six Grammies – five of which were awarded to her after the release of her album, Back To Black.

 

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