His night: Harry Styles swept the 2023 BRIT Awards as he took home four awards - winning in every category he was nominated in - including the coveted Artist of the Year

Harry Styles swept the 2023 BRIT Awards as he took home four awards – winning in every category he was nominated in – including the coveted Artist of the Year. 

The singer, 29, who said he is ‘aware of his privilege’, dedicated the award to several female artists who weren’t nominated after the BRITs received criticism for its all-male Artist of the Year lineup when the category went gender neutral.

The hitmaker appeared to allude to online criticism he received after the Grammy Awards when he said ‘people like me’ don’t win while accepting the Album of the Year award.

He also took home awards for Album of the Year for Harry’s House, Song of the Year for As It Was and Pop/R&B Act during during the show, which was hit with technical difficulties during the live broadcast and also saw British act Wet Leg win big.

Taking to the stage in London’s 02 Arena, he said: ‘I want to thank my family for being the most supportive, understand family I could have ever asked for. 

His night: Harry Styles swept the 2023 BRIT Awards as he took home four awards - winning in every category he was nominated in - including the coveted Artist of the Year

Dedication; The singer, 29, who said he is 'aware of his privilege', dedicated the award to several female artists who weren't nominated

His night: Harry Styles swept the 2023 BRIT Awards as he took home four awards – winning in every category he was nominated in – including the coveted Artist of the Year 

Contenders: Wet Leg also win big, taking home awards for Best New Act and Group of the Year

Contenders: Wet Leg also win big, taking home awards for Best New Act and Group of the Year

‘I want to thank my mum for singing me up for X Factor, I wouldn’t be here without you. I want to thank Niall [Horan], Louis [Tomlinson], Liam [Payne] and Zayn [Malik] becaue I wouldn’t be here with you either.’

He said: ‘I’m aware of my privilege up here tonight so this award is for Reyna, Florence [Welch], Mabel and Becky [Hill].’

Harry kicked this year’s BRITs off with a bang as he opened the show with a performance of his song As It Was.

Host Mo Gilligan then took to the stage and welcomed attendes to the show, saying: ‘For the first time ever, we’re on a Saturday night. The tables are back in full effect.’

Aitch took home the first award of the night, winning the Hip-Hop/Grime Act gong.

The rapper swore within seconds of stepping on stage, saying: ‘I’m s***ing myself because I thought I’d have time for a couple of more drinks before I came on here but obviously not! 

He added: ‘I want to give a big up to my fans for voting, thank you very much. It’s possible no matter where you’re from.’

Beyonce won International Artist of the Year, beating out the likes of Kendrik Lamar, Lizzo and Taylor Swift.

Opener: Harry kicked the BRIT Awards 2023 off with a bang as he opened the show with a performance of his song As It Was

Opener: Harry kicked the BRIT Awards 2023 off with a bang as he opened the show with a performance of his song As It Was

Grateful: During his Artist of the Year acceptance speech, Harry thanked his One Direction bandmates Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan (pictured in 2012)

Grateful: During his Artist of the Year acceptance speech, Harry thanked his One Direction bandmates Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Niall Horan (pictured in 2012)

Winner: Aitch swore live as he took home the first award of the night, winning the Hip-Hop/Grime Act gong

Winner: Aitch swore live as he took home the first award of the night, winning the Hip-Hop/Grime Act gong

The star was not present at the ceremony but recorded an acceptance speech, saying: ‘Thank you so much for this incredible recongition. 

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‘I’d like to say thank you to all of my fans in Britain for this award. The renaissance begins, I’ll see you on tour!’

Becky Hill won the Dance Act award for the second year in a row and paid tribute to some of her fellow artists in her speech.

She said: ‘I want to thank the Brits committee for putting me on the short list of the dance act for another year. 

‘It’s such an honour to be nominated alongside Eliza Rose and Raye, who are an inspiration for women and people of colour in such an underrepresented scene.

‘Beyonce said it best in her Grammys speech, we all have the queer community to thank for the best genre on earth.’ 

Show: The singer, 29, brought the house down at London's 02 Arena on Saturday as he gave a stellar rendition of his number one hit

Show: The singer, 29, brought the house down at London’s 02 Arena on Saturday as he gave a stellar rendition of his number one hit

Performance: The star took to the stage in a red shimmering blazer and black trousers as he greeted his legions of fans

Performance: The star took to the stage in a red shimmering blazer and black trousers as he greeted his legions of fans

Grateful: In one speech, Harry said: 'I want to thank my family for being the most supportive, understand family I could have ever asked for'

He added: 'I want to thank my mum for singing me up for X Factor, I wouldn't be here without you'

Grateful: In one speech, Harry said: ‘I want to thank my family for being the most supportive, understand family I could have ever asked for’

Harry took home the Best Pop/R&B Award, which was presented to him by actress Salma Hayek. 

The former One Direcion star said: ‘I know this was a fan voted award so to all my fans who voted thank you. I have so many wonderful memories at the BRITS so thank you for another one. It’s so good to be home.’ 

Host Mo Gilligan then appeared to fluff his introduction to a performance by Lewis Capaldi by calling him Sam Capaldi, however he apologised afterward, joking it was proof how strong the drinks at the BRITs are.

The next award, Best New Act, was won by Wet Leg with lead singer Rhian Teasdale admitting her nerves as she got on stage.

She said: ‘Thank you so much. It’s really cool to be doing this on an indie label, shout out Domino. This is so scary, being on the telly can feel like such a boys club but I want to thank all the women who worked on the production. I’m so nervous so I’m going to stop now.’

Icon: Beyonce took home the award for International Artist of the Year, beating out the likes of Kendrik Lamar, Lizzo and Taylor Swift

Icon: Beyonce took home the award for International Artist of the Year, beating out the likes of Kendrik Lamar, Lizzo and Taylor Swift

Thrilled: Becky Hill won the Dance Act award for the second year award and paid tribute to some of her fellow artists in her speech

She said: 'I want to thank the Brits committee for putting me on the short list of the dance act for another year'

Thrilled: Becky Hill won the Dance Act award for the second year award and paid tribute to some of her fellow artists in her speech

Achievement: The next award, Best New Act, was won by Wet Leg with lead singer Rhian Teasdale admitting her nerves as she got on stage

Achievement: The next award, Best New Act, was won by Wet Leg with lead singer Rhian Teasdale admitting her nerves as she got on stage

Over the moon: Wet Leg were later honoured with their second award of the night next, taking home the gong for Group of the Year

Over the moon: Wet Leg were later honoured with their second award of the night next, taking home the gong for Group of the Year

BRIT Awards: Winners at a glance

Artist of the Year – Harry Styles

Group of the Year – Wet Leg

Dance Act – Becky Hill

Hip-Hop/Grime Act – Aitch

Song of the Year – As It Was, Harry Styles

International Artist – Beyonce 

Producer of the Year – David Guetta  

After Harry’s Artist of the Year award, Fontaines DC won International Group of the Year with member Carlos O’Connell accepting.

He said: ‘It feels lonely up here. The boys are in Australia, they’re enjoying this massive tour. I had to step out, I’m having my first kid in 10 days. 

‘It’s a little girl and my heart is fuller than ever, bringing life into this world. I’m happy to celebrate a friendship, to the boys who aren’t here, you’re my best friends in the world and I love you.’

Wet Leg were honoured with their second award of the night next, taking home the gong for Group of the Year. 

'It's good to be home': Harry took home the Best Pop/R&B Award, which was presented to him by actress Salma Hayek

‘It’s good to be home’: Harry took home the Best Pop/R&B Award, which was presented to him by actress Salma Hayek

Star: Salma looked sensational as she took to the stage alongside two Magic Mike dancers

Star: Salma looked sensational as she took to the stage alongside two Magic Mike dancers

A-lister: Country music star Shania Twain handed Harry his Artist of the Year award during the show

A-lister: Country music star Shania Twain handed Harry his Artist of the Year award during the show 

Stunning: Lewis Capaldi was next on stage to perform a stunning rendition of his hit single Forget Me while playing guitar on a staircase

Incredible: Lizzo then took over for a show-stopping medley of the hit songs from her award-winning album Special and brought the house down

Stunning: Lewis Capaldi took to the stage to perform a rendition of his hit single Forget Me while playing guitar on a staircase while Lizzo performed a medley of her songs

Beyonce’s Break My Soul was honoured with International Song of the Year with the performer recording another message for her UK fans.

She said: ‘Thank you so much for loving Break My Soul. I’d like to give a special thank you to The Dream for co-writing this song with me. I hope you’re having a great night, God bless you all.’

The 1975 won the award for British Group with lead singer Matty Heay taking the microphone to thank the band’s fans for their support. 

Harry picked up his third award next, winning Song of the Year for As It Was, presented to him by country music legend Shania Twain.

He said: ‘This album and this song was the most fun I’ve ever had making music. I want to thank Rob Stringer for lending me his house to record this in, all my friends who support me. Thank you to everyone who listened.’ 

Award: After Harry's Artist of the Year award, Fontaines DC won International Group of the Year with member Carlos O'Connell accepting

Award: After Harry’s Artist of the Year award, Fontaines DC won International Group of the Year with member Carlos O’Connell accepting

Honour: The 1975 won the award for British Group with lead singer Matty Heay taking the microphone to thank the band's fans for their support

History: The band have been together since they met in secondary school

Honour: The 1975 won the award for British Group with lead singer Matty Heay taking the microphone to thank the band’s fans for their support

Performance: Stormzy was also part of the line-up for this year's show

Performance: Stormzy was also part of the line-up for this year’s show 

Fat Boy Slim took to the stage next to present the award for Producer of the Year to veteran DJ David Guetta.

Introducing him, he said: ‘The winner of this next award I’ve known for quarter of a century. I’ve watched him hone his craft to become the beast he is today. The BRIT Awards Producer of the Year is of course, David Guetta.’

Accepting his award, David said: ‘Thank you so much. I’ve been making records for 22 years. I remember my first number one, it was such a blessing. 

‘But to have another number one and have longevity is such a miracle in what we do. Thank you everyone, party tonight.’

Sam Smith and Kim Petras took to the stage next for a raunchy rendition of their hit single Unholy, which came hot on the heels of their Grammys performance.

Shortly after, Mo Gilligan told the audience the show was experiencing technical difficulties and so a clip of Adele performing her song I Drink Wine at last year’s show was played while the production crew sorted out the glitch.  

Pals: Fat Boy Slim took to the stage next to present the award for Producer of the Year to veteran DJ David Guetta

Pals: Fat Boy Slim took to the stage next to present the award for Producer of the Year to veteran DJ David Guetta

David said: 'To have another number one and have longevity is such a miracle in what we do. Thank you everyone, party tonight'

David said: ‘To have another number one and have longevity is such a miracle in what we do. Thank you everyone, party tonight’

Wow: Sam Smith and Kim Petras took to the stage next for a raunchy rendition of their hit single Unholy

Sizzling: It came hot on the heels of their Grammys performance

Wow: Sam Smith and Kim Petras took to the stage next for a raunchy rendition of their hit single Unholy

Steamy: Sam and Kim went for a leather biker-style look for their performance

Steamy: Sam and Kim went for a leather biker-style look for their performance 

Mishap: Mo Gilligan told the audience the show was experiencing technical difficulties and so a clip of Adele performing her song I Drink Wine at last year's show was played while the production crew sorted out the glitch

Mishap: Mo Gilligan told the audience the show was experiencing technical difficulties and so a clip of Adele performing her song I Drink Wine at last year’s show was played while the production crew sorted out the glitch

Harry won his fourth and final of the world next when he received the Album of the Year award, presented to him by actor Stanley Tucci.

He said: ‘There’s literally no one I love in the world more than Stanley Tucci so this means so much. This night has been really special to me, thank you so much for the welcome home.

‘There’s no place like home. I’m so proud to be a British artist out there in the world, thank you.’ 

Last award: Harry won his fourth and final of the world next when he received the Album of the Year award, presented to him by actor Stanley Tucci

He said: 'There's literally no one I love in the world more than Stanley Tucci so this means so much'

Last award: Harry won his fourth and final of the world next when he received the Album of the Year award, presented to him by actor Stanley Tucci

Finale: The show concluded with David Guetta performing a selection of his hits with the help of Becky Hill, Ella Henderson and Sam Ryder

Finale: The show concluded with David Guetta performing a selection of his hits with the help of Becky Hill, Ella Henderson and Sam Ryder

During Harry’s final acceptance speech, a member of his team briefly took the mic to offer his thanks but Harry snatched it back when he made a joke that he promised his wife they would be like Maya Jama and Stormzy later that night.

The show concluded with David Guetta performing a selection of his hits with the help of Becky Hill, Ella Henderson and Sam Ryder. 

Music bosses came under fire when the shortlist for the BRITs was announced last month. 

In a surprise snub, female artists were shut out of the Artist Of The Year, which last year introduced a gender-neutral overhaul by scrapping its male and female-centric categories. 

The first gender-neutral award was handed to Adele last year, but in her acceptance speech she pointedly told the audience: ‘I love being a woman.’ 

Harry, Stormzy and Fred Again – real name Fred Gibson – were niminated for album of the year, alongside The 1975 and indie duo Wet Leg, who were the only female act in the category.

Charli XCX, whose fifth studio album Crash topped the charts, and Florence and the Machine, whose album Dance Fever earned the singer her fourth UK number one, were notably absent.

BRIT Award bosses are said to be talks to bring back separate categories for best male and female artist next year, following the criticism.

BRIT AWARDS 2023: THE WINNERS

Mastercard Album Of The Year

The 1975 – Being Funny In A Foreign Language

Wet Leg – Wet Leg

Harry Styles – Harry’s House – WINNER

Stormzy – This Is What I Mean

Fred Again – Actual Life 3 (January 1 – September 9 2022)

Artist Of The Year

Central Cee

Fred Again

George Ezra

Harry Styles – WINNER

Stormzy

Group Of The Year

The 1975

Arctic Monkeys

Bad Boy Chiller Crew

Nova Twins

Wet Leg – WINNER

Best New Artist

Kojey Radical

Mimi Webb

Rina Sawayama

Sam Ryder

Wet Leg – WINNER

Song Of The Year With Mastercard

Aitch – Baby Ft Ashanti

Cat Burns – Go

Dave – Starlight

Ed Sheeran And Elton John – Merry Christmas

Eliza Rose And Interplanetary Criminal – Baddest Of Them All

George Ezra – Green Green Grass

Harry Styles – As It Was – WINNER

Lewis Capaldi – Forget Me

Lf System – Afraid To Feel

Sam Smith And Kim Petras – Unholy

Best Alt Rock

The 1975 – WINNER

Arctic Monkeys

Nova Twins

Tom Grennan

Wet Leg

Rising Star

Flo

Producer of the Year

David Guetta

Songwriter Of The Year

Kid Harpoon – co-writer and co-producer on Harry’s House 

Hip Hop/ Grime/ Rap

Aitch – WINNER

Central Cee

Dave

Loyle Carner

Stormzy

Dance Act

Becky Hill – WINNER

Bonobo

Calvin Harris

Eliza Rose

Fred Again

Pop/ R’n’B

Cat Burns

Charli Xcx

Dua Lipa

Harry Styles – WINNER

Sam Smith

International Artist Of The Year

Beyonce – WINNER

Burna Boy

Kendrick Lamar

Lizzo

Taylor Swift

International Group Of The Year

Black Pink

Drake And 21 Savage

First Aid Kit

Fontaines DC – WINNER

Gabriels

International Song Of The Year

Beyonce – Break My Soul – WINNER

David Guetta And Bebe Rexa – I’m Good (Blue)

Fireboy Dml & Ed Sheeran – Peru

Mauro Castillo, Stephanie Beatriz, Carolina Gaitán, Rhenzy Feliz, Encanto – Cast, Adassa, Diane Guerrero – We Dont Talk About Bruno

Gayle – Abcdefu

Jack Harlow – First Class

Lizzo – About Damn Time

Calum Scott And Lost Frequencies – Where Are You Npow

One Republic – I Ain’t Worried

Taylor Swift – Antihero

 

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