Harry Styles’ Harry’s House found a home at the 2023 Grammys, winning album of the year on the same night Beyoncé became the most decorated artist in Grammy history.
“Shit,” Styles said Sunday at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles as he won the top prize. “I’ve been so, so inspired by every artist in this category with me … I listen to everyone in this category when I’m alone.”
Styles — who also won best pop vocal album — went on to say “there is no such thing as best in music” and that artists don’t make music thinking about “what is going to get us one of these [awards].”
“This is really, really kind. I’m so, so grateful. This doesn’t happen to people like me very often,” he continued.
Beyoncé lost the top three awards but she still had a historic night by winning 32 Grammys. She won four awards, breaking the record set by conductor Georg Solti, who won 31 awards and died in 1997.
“I’m trying not to be too emotional and I’m trying to just receive this night,” she said as the audience cheered her on. “Thank you God. I’d like to thank my uncle Johnny, who is not here but he’s here in spirit. I’d like to thank my parents — my father, my mother — for loving me and pushing me. I’d like to thank my beautiful husband and my beautiful three children.”
“I’d like to thank the queer community for your love and for inventing the genre,” Beyoncé continued.
The singer’s wins included best dance/electronic album for Renaissance, best R&B song for “Cuff It,” best dance/electronic recording for “Break My Soul” and best traditional R&B performance for her groove “Plastic Off the Sofa.”
Beyoncé and Styles lost song and record of the year — and the wins by Bonnie Raitt (song) and Lizzo (record) surprised the audience, and the recipients themselves. There was similar energy when jazz singer Samara Joy was named best new artist (she also won best jazz vocal album).