At the 2023 Grammys, Harry Styles made history when he won album of the year for his fourth solo album “Harry’s House” – but not without a few surprises. Beyoncé was also nominated in the same category for her album “Renaissance,” and when Styles took the stage, audience members could be heard shouting her name.
The album of the year category was stacked with nominees, including ABBA’s “Voyage,” Bad Bunny’s “Un Verano Sin Ti,” Adele’s “30,” Mary J. Blige’s “Good Morning Gorgeous (Deluxe),” Brandi Carlile’s “In These Silent Days,” Lizzo’s “Special,” Coldplay’s “Music Of The Spheres” and Kendrick Lamar’s “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.”
When Styles accepted the award, he thanked the audience, saying “I don’t think any of us sit in studios thinking about what is going to get us one of these. This is so, so kind. This doesn’t happen to people like me very often. This is so, so nice. Thank you very, very much.”
The win was especially meaningful for Styles because of the other nominees, including Adele and Beyoncé. Adele’s “30” and Beyoncé’s “Renaissance” were the frontrunners in the category, and the announcement of the nominees in November had fans reminiscing about 2017, when both Adele and Beyoncé were nominated for album of the year. Back then, Adele won for her album “25” over Beyoncé’s “Lemonade.”
Adele and Beyoncé both won awards during the 65th Grammy Awards, but fans were still outraged, saying Beyoncé was robbed of the album of the year award. This is especially notable because Beyoncé now holds the record for the most Grammy wins of all time, with 32 wins in total.
Despite the shock and outrage from fans, Beyoncé was captured on camera clapping as Styles gave his speech. Hosted by comedian and former “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah, the 2023 Grammys were broadcast live from the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles and available to watch on CBS and various streaming platforms.
The 2023 Grammys were full of surprises, and a reminder of the power of music. Harry Styles won album of the year, Adele and Beyoncé both won awards, and fans of both artists were reminded of the cultural significance of their beloved albums.
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