Harry Styles is being criticized for his speech after winning Grammys Album of the Year
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Harry Styles has been slammed for his Grammys acceptance speech after he picked up the coveted Album of the Year award.
The former One Direction star pipped the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Bad Bunny and Beyoncé, who gave Styles a standing ovation after his win at the Crypto.com Arena on Sunday (February 5).
It seems that his third studio album Harry's House, which was released on 20 May 2022, was enough to beat out the competition, although some people in the audience clearly weren't happy about Styles' win.
You can hear him getting heckled below:
Despite winning his third Grammy, the 29-year-old didn't give the award much importance in his speech.
Taking to the stage, Styles said: "I think on nights like tonight, it’s obviously so important for us to remember there’s no such thing as best in music.
"I don’t think any of us sit in the studio making decisions based on what is gonna get us one of these.
"This is really, really kind. I’m so, so grateful."
However, the comment that has aggravated some social media users was: "This doesn’t happen to people like me very often and this is so, so nice. Thank you very much."
Only the British star knows the context of what he meant, therefore we cannot speculate.
Yet it seems that certain users have not taken the comment very well, with one viewer writing: "'This doesn’t happen to people like me very often'. YOU ARE LITERALLY A WHITE MAN."
Another echoed: "'This doesn’t happen to people like me very often'. IT LITERALLY ONLY HAPPENS TO PEOPLE LIKE YOU????."
A third person added: "…. no but being a white entertainer (let alone being a man) in this era of society + saying that 'this doesn’t happen to people like me very often' with a serious, straight face is actually insane.
"It happens to you guys ALL of the time, baby. Read the room. Know your privilege. My goodness."
Not everyone took the comment in the same way, with one person tweeting: "Y’all bringing race into it. Shame."
"REACHINGGG it's not about race and as a Black person even I can see that. He grew up in a small town and took his chance on a TV show," another added.
Someone else thought: "He most likely meant because he was on X Factor because One Direction was never allowed to be nominated for a Grammy, not saying he doesn't have the privilege over Beyoncé or Bad Bunny, but it seems like the most reasonable explanation for why he said that."
UNILAD has contacted Harry Styles' representatives for comment.