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Walsall's Jorja Smith misses out on Grammy

By Richard Guttridge | Walsall | Entertainment | Published:

Black Country singing sensation Jorja Smith missed out on a Grammy at the star-studded awards show in Los Angeles.

Jorja Smith

But there was certainly no shame for the Walsall singer in losing out to megastar Dua Lipa in the Best New Artist category at the awards, which is often dubbed the Oscars of music.

The nomination was another sign of just how far the 21-year-old has come, going from the Black Country to rubbing shoulders with the biggest music stars in America in just a few short years.

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Appearing at the ceremony was clearly a proud moment for the star, who posted a picture of herself wearing a gold dress on her Twitter account.

Taking home the Grammy always looked a tough ask for Jorja, as she was up against Dua Lipa, who is currently one of the biggest female names in music.

Bebe Rexha and Margo Price were also nominated in the Best New Artist category.

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But there is still a chance for success on this side of the Atlantic at the Brits, where Jorja is up for three awards - British Female, British Breakthrough and British Album of the Year.

The nominations for the Brits, where Jorja will also be performing, are another sign of just how much of an impact she has made on the UK music scene.

Jorja already has one BRIT under her belt as the winner of the Critics' Choice award last year, when she also performed at the event alongside Rag'n'Bone Man.

Among the big winners at the Grammy was rapper Drake - who worked with Jorja on hit song Get It Together and visited her hometown with her in 2017 - and who had words of advice for those who didn't pick up an award.

He said: "Look, look, if there’s people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain, in the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don’t need this right here. I promise you, you already won.”

Richard Guttridge

By Richard Guttridge
Chief Reporter - @RichG_star

Chief Reporter for the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton.

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