Music famous person Dua Lipa granted Albanian citizenship

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Albanian president on Sunday granted citizenship to British Albanian pop star Dua Lipa for what he said was the artist’s role in spreading the fame of Albanians internationally through her music.

President Bajram Begaj said Lipa was granted citizenship ahead of the 110th anniversary of Albania’s independence from the Ottoman Empire. Begaj said he considered it an honor to do it because Lipa has made Albanians famous all over the world.

“I too will be an Albanian with papers,” Lipa said before taking the oath of citizenship at Tirana’s city hall.

Lipa was born in London in 1995 to Albanian immigrant parents Anesa and Dukagjin Lipa from Kosovo.

Lipa, who began singing at the age of five, was musically influenced by her father, a former singer and guitarist in a rock band. She started posting her songs on YouTube when she was 14 years old. Her first debut studio album was released in 2017. In 2019, she won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

Along with her father, she co-founded the Sunny Hill Foundation in 2016 to raise funds with annual concerts in her native Kosovo to help people experiencing financial hardship.

“It’s such an indescribable joy with so much acceptance and love and everything,” Lipa said. The artist then took a passport photo, was fingerprinted, and signed an identity and passport application form.

Lipa will wrap up her annual concert tour at Tirana’s main Skanderbeg Square on Monday to mark Independence Day.

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