Accepting the night's big Music Award prize, "Don't Start Now" hitmaker Dua called 2020 "a surreal year", recalling her performance at Mardi Gras in Sydney, Australia at the start of 2020 and adding, "It's crazy to think that at one point we were all celebrating together. Then suddenly it's like someone pulled the plug.
"Those first few weeks when COVID really took hold were so confusing. It was such a difficult decision to put out music during the pandemic, but I decided I would because I hoped that this record would make people happy and provide some light in a dark time. I really hope it did, because God we needed that."
Meanwhile, Swift was honoured with an Attitude Icon Award.
Accepting the honour, she said, "I'm really, really grateful for this, this is so amazing. I want to say thank you to anyone who had a hand in deciding that I should deserve this. Mostly I want to say thank you to the fans for giving me a platform to make music and to be vocal about the things I think are right and wrong.
"I just believe very firmly that everyone should be able to live out their love story without fear of discrimination. The way for that to happen is for us to continue to keep pushing governments to put protections in place for members of the LGBTQ community. And I promise to always advocate for that. I'm so grateful for this amazing award. Thank you so, so, so, so, so, so much."
The full list of winners at the Attitude Awards 2020 is: