English singer, songwriter, and actor, Harry Styles was one of the top winners at the 65th annual Grammy Awards.
Sure, he won Album of the Year over Beyoncé, but that wasn’t all that earned Harry Styles pushback. The megastar won big at the 2023 Grammys over the weekend, and it was a victory that came with controversy. Beyoncé, too, was nominated for the category, but unfortunately for the BeyHive, Renaissance didn’t take home the title. Still, Bey made history after accepting her 32nd Grammy win, making her the most awarded artist in the ceremony’s history.
Win or lose, dozens of stars celebrated the awards. They were photographed on the red carpet and even visited one another during the ceremony. Styles looked utterly shocked at winning Album of the Year, and he expressed how he didn’t expect to take home the gold. “I think on nights like tonight, it’s important for us to remember there is no such thing as ‘best’ in music,” he said.
“I don’t think any of us sit in the studio making decisions on what is going to get us one of these,” Styles further shared. “This doesn’t happen to people like me very often and this is so, so nice. Thank you very much.” The gracious acceptance speech seemed harmless enough, but people took to social media quickly to voice their frustrations.
How many Grammys has Harry Styles won so far?
Harry Edward Styles known popularly as Harry Styles is an English singer, songwriter, and actor who has won 68 awards from 142 nominations – including 3 Grammy awards as of 2023, per Wikipedia.
Styles earned his first trio of GRAMMY nominations back in 2021, taking home the golden gramophone for Best Pop Solo Performance for “Watermelon Sugar.” He won over Justin Bieber’s “Yummy”, Doja Cat’s “Say So”, Billie Eilish’s “Everything I Wanted”, Dua Lipa’s “Don’t Start Now” and Taylor Swift’s “Cardigan”. He added another six nods this year, including his first for Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year for “As It Was” and Album Of The Year for Harry’s House.
He won two in 2023. Harry Styles won the GRAMMY for Best Pop Vocal Album for Harry’s House at the 2023 GRAMMY. Not only that, but he also won the Album of the Year for Harry’s House, over Beyonce’s RENAISSANCE which admittedly came as a bit of a shock. “As It Was” is a song off his “Harry’s House” third melodious studio album.
After saying winning Album of the Year doesn’t happen to “people like me,” his critics were swift to react.
It became a war between Styles’s fans and his critics. Attackers pointed out that the singer is a rich, white male, while his supporters called them out for not recognizing class structure in the U.K. It’s a battle that has even spawned op-eds from music journalists, but Styles has not commented on the controversy. It was also reported that he didn’t expect to win over Beyoncé and thought the Renaissance hitmaker was a shoo-in to win. However, anonymous Grammy voters told Variety that they purposefully didn’t vote for Bey because she wins so often.
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