The pop superstar over the weekend received the Excellence Award, an honor that recognizes positive representation of European culture through an artist’s music, and the best in the industry from the ESNS Exchange, formerly known as the European Talent Exchange Programme.
Only those acts who are seen as strong ambassadors for European music and as role models for other rising European stars are considered for the hardware.
Lipa, who is British of Albanian origin, sticks in the box.
Her career has gone supernova in recent years. In March 2022, Lipa’s hit “Levitating” logged a 70th week Billboard Hot 100, thereby rewriting the record for most weeks ever spent on the survey for a song by a woman. Among all acts, “Levitating” is just the fifth single to spend at least 70 weeks on the Hot 100, dating to the chart’s inception in August 1958.
Previously, in 2021, “Levitating” was named the top Hot 100 song of the year in the US, and its parent album, The nostalgia of the futurelogged four weeks at No.1 in the UK before being named British Album of the Year at the BRITs.
ESNS presented Lipa with the award during her keynote interview at Eurosonic Noorderslag 2023 in Groningen, Netherlands, where she discussed the release of her second album during the pandemic, the successful world tour in support of it, and Lipas’ Sunny Hill Festival in Kosovo’s capital, Prishtina, which was nominated for the European Festival Awards and which they hope will put the country on the cultural map, and raise much-needed funds to develop the nation’s arts and culture sector. Last year she was named honorary ambassador to Kosovo.
Lipa first performed at ESNS in Vera in 2016 and the following year won the European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA), now called the Music Moves Europe Awards (MMEA). Also in 2016, she won newcomer of the year at the European Festival Awards.
The 27-year-old is now turning his attention to the fashion world. As advertised by Vogue on wednesday (january 18) she has signed on to be one of four 2023 bystanders to the A-list fashion event that takes place every first Monday in May.