Harry Styles took home the album of the year Grammy tonight (Feb. 5) for Harry’s House, besting a star-studded field that also included Coldplay, Beyoncé, Bad Bunny, Lizzo, and ABBA.
“I’ve been so, so inspired by every artist in this category with me at a lot of different times in my life,” he said in his acceptance speech. “I think on nights like tonight, it’s obviously so important for us to remember that there’s no such thing as ‘best’ in music. This doesn’t happen to people like me very often, and this is so, so nice.”
Styles was one of the late additions to the Grammys performer lineup, having been announced just a week prior. Not surprisingly, he lived up to the anticipation earlier in the show with an energetic rendition of “As It Was,” which played up its ’80s influences with layered orchestration, a full onstage dance party on a rotating platform, and Styles decked out in a silver sequined jumpsuit.
Styles’ performance was introduced by Harry’s House producer Kid Harpoon, who joked that he refers to him as “Gary” in order to remind himself that Styles is, in fact, a real life human being. He added that he was amazed by “the drive, dedication, and passion” Styles put into making the album.
When it was released last April, “As It Was” became Styles’ second No. 1 hit after his 2017 solo debut “Sign of the Times,” kickstarting a banner 2022 for the former One Direction star. It included a sold-out tour with mini-residencies and six Grammy nominations for Harry’s House, including record of the year, album of the year, song of the year, best solo pop performance, best pop vocal album, and best music video.
Styles will be back on the road starting Feb. 20 in Perth, Australia, for the next leg of his Love on Tour outing. Dates are set through July 22 in Reggio Emilia, Italy, with fellow Grammy winners Wet Leg as the opening act.