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
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
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
The star was not present at the ceremony but recorded an acceptance speech, saying: ‘Thank you so much for this incredible recongition.
‘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
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’
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Harry Styles – WINNER
Group Of The Year
Bad Boy Chiller Crew
Wet Leg – WINNER
Best New Artist
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
Producer of the Year
Songwriter Of The Year
Kid Harpoon – co-writer and co-producer on Harry’s House
Hip Hop/ Grime/ Rap
Aitch – WINNER
Becky Hill – WINNER
Harry Styles – WINNER
International Artist Of The Year
Beyonce – WINNER
International Group Of The Year
Drake And 21 Savage
First Aid Kit
Fontaines DC – WINNER
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