BRITS 2021: Dua Lipa and rising star Griff to perform at Brits ahead of nomination reveal
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Global pop superstar Dua Lipa and 2021 BRITs Rising Star winner Griff will perform at the BRIT awards this year. They are the first acts to be confirmed ahead of the nomination reveal at 4pm on Wednesday 31st March.
This years show lands on 11 May 2021 after being postponed due to Coronavirus. Nick Grimshaw and Griff herself will be announcing the nominations for this years awards very soon.
Since the release of her first single in 2015, Dua Lipa has become one of the music world’s most exciting young artists. Her eponymous debut album has eclipsed 5 million sales worldwide, with single sales reaching 80 million and the video for her break-out hit ‘New Rules’ (“the song that changed my life,” she says), made her the youngest female solo artist to reach one billion views on YouTube.
She made BRIT Award history in 2018 as the first female artist to pick up five nominations, with two wins for British Breakthrough Act and British Female Solo Artist. She then went on to receive two Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Best Dance Recording for ‘Electricity’, her collaboration with Silk City the following year. At the end of 2019, Dua performed her Number 1 global hit single ‘Don’t Start Now’ at the MTV EMAs, ARIAs, MAMAs and AMA’s in the lead up to the release of her latest album, Future Nostalgia. Her sophomore record was released in March 2020 and surpassed 294 million streams in its first week and has reached 3 million global sales, exceeded 6 billion streams across all of its tracks and has just been certified platinum in the UK.
Griff was announced the winner of this year’s BRITs Rising Star award supported by BBC Radio 1 earlier this month, seeing off strong competition from Pa Salieu and Rina Sawayama, and will perform at this year’s BRITs following the debut Rising Star performance from Celeste at last year’s show. A truly multi-faceted talent, 20-year-old Griff grew up in Kings Langley in Hertfordshire, as the daughter of a Chinese mother and a Jamaican father. In 2019 she signed to Warner Records, picked up her first Radio 1 play from Annie Mac (whilst still doing her A Levels), and last summer she was nominated for the first ever Rising Star Ivor Novello Award. Songs like new single ‘Black Hole’ see Griff head down that rabbit hole of modern teenage life, exploring big themes (young love, mental health, family and friendship) in Griff’s own distinct style.
Griff's is the type of creative curiosity that draws no boundaries between making beats, designing your own clothes, or taking over Tate Modern as she did for just her second London show. Having fronted Disney's first Christmas ad campaign with 'Love Is A Compass', Griff secured a Top 5 place in the BBC's Sound of 2021 poll earlier this year, and will release her first mixtape - 'One Foot In Front Of The Other' - on Warner Music this summer.
Dua Lipa said: “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.”
Griff added: “Guys, pray for me!! I’m going to be in a room full of the biggest and best artists in the world, singing my little heart out. I can’t wait!!!!”