What did Harry Styles mean when he said “People like me don’t win Grammys”?
Harry Styles famously sparked backlash by saying, “People like me” don’t win Grammys. But what exactly does he mean?
The Watermelon Sugar singer, 29, has come under fire for his “soundless” acceptance speech as he won Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards.
He scooped the award for his third solo album, Harry’s House, beating out Beyoncé, who had been a front-runner with her album Renaissance.
But he has been accused of “white privilege” after saying that “guys like me” don’t win Grammys – with fans pointing out that as a white cisgender man the opposite is actually true.
However, fans have jumped to his defence, with some saying the singer has hinted at his humble roots, having grown up in a small village in northern England.
The singer (pictured at the Grammys) sparked backlash when he said “People like me” don’t win Grammys
Harry with his father Des Styles, a finance director
Harry Styles childhood home in the village of Holmes Chapel in Cheshire
Harry Style’s comment has sparked debate online about exactly what he meant when he said “guys like me”.
One journalist said that when Harry made the comment he was referring to not being “gently and parentally blessed”.
She tweeted, “To a British ear, when Harry Styles says ‘things like that don’t happen to people like me’ – that’s what he means,” before linking to an article about British Nepo babies.
Another said: “I think he means someone from a small working class town with no connections who becomes one of the biggest artists in the world because that’s what he said too after he sold out Wembley but how… nobody’s going to hear it like that ? ‘
But some have disputed whether Harry was from the working class.
The singer was born in Evesham, Worcestershire in 1993 to Anne, an office worker, and Des, a finance director.
When he was seven his parents divorced and he moved to the village of Holmes Chapel, Cheshire with his mother and older sister Gemma.
“It was a really strange time,” he later said.
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“I remember crying about it. I didn’t really understand what was going on properly. I was just sad that my parents wouldn’t be together anymore.
Harry said he had a “great childhood” and felt supported by his family.
In a 2012 interview, his father Des said he saw Harry and his sister Gemma every few weeks, I always supported them financially and emotionally when I could.
He added: “I’m not an estranged father. It’s been a tough time leaving her, but these things happen.
His mother Anne remarried to Robin Twist in 2013, with Harry acting as best man at the wedding. Robin died of cancer in 2017.
Harry attended Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School where he was the lead singer in a band called White Eskimo.
As a youth he worked part-time at the W. Mandeville Bakery in Holmes Chapel.
Harry worked part-time at the W. Mandeville Bakery in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, where he grew up from the age of seven
Harry Styles auditioning for The X Factor in 2010
Around the time Harry auditioned for The X Factor in 2010, he had just completed his GCSEs and was planning to go to college in September to study law, sociology and business.
He was supported by his mother and stepfather Robin as he auditioned as a solo act for the ITV show, singing Stevie Wonder’s ‘Isn’t She Lovely’.
He impressed the judges and progressed to the next round, eventually joining boy band One Direction with Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne.
The band enjoyed a slew of hits including What Makes You Beautiful, Story of My Life and Best Song Ever.
But in 2016, Styles and his bandmates decided to take a break from recording and touring, and he pursued a solo career by signing with Columbia Records.
His single Sign of the Times topped the UK Singles Chart in 2017, as did his eponymous debut album Harry Styles.
Since then, Harry has become a global artist and actor
He also made his acting debut in the WWII film Dunkirk that same year, to positive reviews.
His second solo album, Fine Line, was also a hit when it was released in 2019, breaking US sales records for a British singer.
His song Watermelon Sugar won a number of awards including a Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance and a BRIT Award for British Single of the Year.
After being featured on the front cover of celebrity bible Vogue in a Gucci dress, he sparked a debate about masculinity and gendered fashion.
Fans praised Styles for the 2020 cover, on which he wore a blue dress and became the first male solo cover star to appear on it.
Harry Styles is performing at Coachella in 2022
However, conservative commentator Candace Owens branded it a “blatant attack on manly men,” prompting other celebrities to speak out in defense of the singer.
During his Vogue interview, Styles said, “I think when you get something you feel great in, it’s like a superhero outfit.”
He has previously addressed his sexuality in interviews, saying he’s “never felt the need” to put a label on it.
Harry starred in Don’t Worry Darling, a psychological thriller directed by his now ex-girlfriend Olivia Wilde.
He will also star in the romantic drama My Policeman, set in Brighton in the 1950s, in which he plays a gay policeman.
Meanwhile, Harry’s House, his third album released in 2022, won three Grammys including Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.
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