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Brits 2021: Dua Lipa addresses Boris Johnson and demands NHS pay rise

Dua Lipa demanded a pay rise for NHS workers (Picture: Getty)

Dua Lipa has used her acceptance speech at the 2021 Brit Awards to ‘send a message’ to Boris Johnson as she calls for NHS workers to get a pay rise.

The Levitating hitmaker won the award for British female solo artist, and explained that she chose nurse Dame Elizabeth Anionwu as her fellow honouree to share her award with.

Dua explained that Dame Elizabeth has spent her career fighting against racial injustice.

‘She has also spent so much time and is a strong, strong advocate for protecting frontline workers,’ she added.

The popstar went on to reference the Clap For Our Carers movement, which saw people across the UK standing outside their front doors every week to applaud the NHS workers.

‘[Dame Elizabeth] 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,’ Dua continued.

‘And so I think what we should do is we should all give a massive, massive round of applause and give Boris a message that we all support a fair pay rise for our front line. Thank you so much.’

Dame Elizabeth, who retired in 2007, became the UK’s first sickle-cell and thalassemia nurse specialist in 1979.

Boris Johnson

Dua addressed Boris Johnson directly (Picture: Getty Images)

She had a nursing career that spanned decades, became a Professor of Nursing, and was appointed a Dame in 2017.

Dua also stunned fans with her performance at the Brits, going into the ceremony with three nominations.

The star said ahead of her appearance: ‘I am so excited to be returning to perform for you all at The Brits this year. It’s going to be truly special to be back on stage in the UK.’

Elsewhere, Little Mix picked up the award for best British group, thanking their former band mate Jesy Nelson, and Billie Eilish won in the international female category.

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