Music superstar Dua Lipa granted Albanian citizenship
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s president granted citizenship to Albanian-born British pop star Dua Lipa on Sunday after he said the artist played a role in spreading Albanian fame internationally through her music.
President Bajram Begaz said Lipa was granted citizenship ahead of the 110th anniversary of Albania’s independence from the Ottoman Empire. Begaz said he considered it an honor because Lipa made Albanians famous around the world.
“I will be an Albanian with papers,” Lipa said before taking the oath of citizenship at Tirana City Hall.
Lipa was born in London in 1995 to Albanian parents Anessa and Dukajzin Lipa, immigrants from Kosovo.
Lipa, who started singing at the age of five, was musically influenced by her father, a former singer and guitarist in a rock band. He started posting his songs on YouTube at the age of 14. His debut studio album was released in 2017. In 2019 he won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.
Together with his father, he co-founded the Sunny Hill Foundation in 2016 to raise funds through annual concerts held in his native Kosovo to help people suffering from financial difficulties.
Lipa said, “It is an indescribable joy with such an acceptance, love and everything. The artist then took a passport photo, fingerprints and an identity hard and signed an application form for a passport.
Lipa will end her annual concert tour in Tirana’s main Skanderbeg Square on Monday to commemorate Independence Day.
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