Like most Americans this past election week, the editors at GRAZIA have felt like they have been in a clingy, new relationship with the calculator on their phones. It’s a notion best expressed by this clever TikTok video, and defined as the act of manically adding and subtracting electoral votes to and from that magic number of 270.
But at 11.24am on November 7 (ET), the calculators stopped as CNN’s Wolf Blitzer called the presidential race for Joe Biden, the first of the networks to declare a winner – and, in the process, denying President Donald Trump a second term. According to Deadline, NBC News followed CNN’s announcement that same minute, then MSNBC, CBS News, ABC News, the Associated Press – and finally, FOX News at 11.40am.
By 11.41am, Dua Lipa’s mega 2020 track “Don’t Start Now” reverberated around the main streets and parks of those states that bled blue. Lipa – who has just released her new “Fever” music video with Angèle – was thrilled to see her 80s-inspired dance song bringing so many people joy at the weekend as the streets erupted in celebration, namely those in an unseasonably warm New York.
“Omfg NEW YORK ILY!!!” the 23-year-old British singer captioned the video below in an Instagram post to her 54.5 million fans.
The lyrics couldn’t have rung truer, the song portraying the end of a relationship by a “guy who tried to hurt me.” “Did a full 180, crazy/Thinking ’bout the way I was” sang the masked-up crowds (albeit there wasn’t a lot of social distancing going on). “Though it took some time to survive you, I’m better on the other side… Don’t show up, don’t come out/Don’t start caring about me now.”
“[‘Don’t Start Now’] is about moving on,” Lipa said in an interview in late 2019. “It’s about finding confidence in that and not letting anyone get in the way of your happiness. I think it’s always important to remember that your happiness should come first.”
Another hot spot for “Don’t Start Now” was Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Los Angeles, as seen here on Lipa’s Instagram story.
While not able to vote in the US Election given she is not American, Lipa sat down with US Senator Bernie Sanders in October to address the young eligible voters who follow her. Together, they talked about the importance of voting and how other countries like the UK are affected by leadership decisions in the US.
“It is enormously important for the US and the rest of the world that Donald Trump is not re-elected,” said Sanders, Lipa nodding along.
More than 150 million American voters turned out for the November 3 US election, marking the highest turnout in over a century. A November 6 analysis from Tufts University showed that youth voter turnout (ages 18 to 29) surged by around eight percent this year compared to 2016, thus playing a key role in such a tight race.
Alexa, cue “Don’t Start Now” and trash my calculator as well please.