On August 16 2020, The Gay Times applauded Dua Lipa’s music video for Levitating (featuring Madonna & Missy Elliot, remixed by DJ The Blessed Madonna):
Dua Lipa’s new video with Madonna and Missy Elliot has a massive pro-LGBTQ+ message.
Shot in London, the visual shows the British songstress as she performs the club-ready, MDNA-esque track in a bedroom solo, before sharing an intimate moment with her boyfriend, Anwar Hadid, in a car. Several queer couples can be seen throughout the video, including a girl who spies on her love interest from afar.
Tayce, a London-based drag performer who’s rumoured to appear on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season two, also makes an appearance, as well as guest artist Missy Elliott. Sadly, Madonna is nowhere to be seen.
The song, which was remixed by DJ The Blessed Madonna, is the first single taken from Dua’s upcoming remix album, Club Future Nostalgia, which will also include a new version of her acclaimed power-pop anthem Physical with Gwen Stefani and Mark Ronson.
In an interview with Zane Lowe for Apple Music, Dua said she collaborated with the queen of pop because she’s is an artist that she’s “listened to” her whole life, adding: “Her career trajectory as well has been something so inspirational and the momentum that she’s kept and the way that she’s grown with her music.”
Speaking about Missy’s participation, Dua continued: “I jumped on the phone with her and we had a little talk and she really just does stuff that she really believes in, so that I felt it was such a massive compliment for me, for her to be so inspired by the remix and the track, and to want to be a part of it and be a part of this mixtape.”