The U.K’s pop star featured Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes on bass in a steamy rendition of “Watermelon Sugar,” at Grammys 2021. And later won best Pop Solo Performace, proving that he’s the right guy to lead off music’s biggest night.
During Harry’s reward-winning speech, he said, “I feel so honored to be here among all of you.” “So, Thank you so much.”
If you can count on someone to bring a primetime TV-worthy performance after a year away, it would be Harry Styles.
However, it was clear that when he took the stage to perform at Grammys “Watermelon Sugar” from his most recent album, Fine Line, he was able to far exceed those standards. He began in a leather Gucci suit with a feather boa, which later he removed to expose his bare chest. With a subtle nod to Mick Jagger, he told the world of the benefits that only live music can have.
He also requested a new member of his band to join him and finish the performance. This is traditional at the Grammys. Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes, a long-time fashion industry darling, joined the band on bass for the performance. Hynes, dressed in leathers that matched Styles’, transformed the song’s bass solo into a sensation in and of itself.
The Recording Academy announced before the ceremony that artists would be watching their peers on stage. In the first case, Billie Eilish respected Styles before taking the stage to perform “Everything I Wanted.”
Haim, including Styles, are friends with Stevie Nicks and performed “The Steps” from their famous album Women in Music Pt. III, which is in the nomination list for album of the year.
Trevor Noah, the show’s host, shared doubt that Styles may be from the same country as Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Trevor Noah said, “Man, the United Kingdom is diverse.”
Harry Styles received three nominations in the Grammys: Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Music Video, and Best Pop Solo Recording. Harry had already lost the music video award for “Brown Skin Girl” from Black Is King to Beyoncé (and Blue Ivy) by the time he took the stage. But then, for “Watermelon Sugar,” Styles’ first number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100, he won the Best Pop Solo Recording award.
How Harry Styles Has Evolved from Teen Pop Sensation to A Grammys Winner
Styles, who has been a sensation since his days in One Direction, has grown in stature with each passing day. His album went multi-platinum; he had his first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, he was Variety’s 2020 Hitmaker of the Year.
He earned his first-ever GRAMMYS nominations (Best Pop Solo Performance for “Watermelon Sugar,” Best Music Video for “Adore You” and Best Pop Vocal Album for Fine Line at the 2021 GRAMMY Awards show). The list continues on and on.
Although these achievements will be enough to make every artist’s year, two things set the British singer apart. He’s been in the industry for a decade, rising to fame as a member of the huge boy band One Direction when he was just 17 years old.
Styles and his bandmates Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, and Zayn Malik enjoyed worldwide recognition when in the group, which formed in 2010 as part of “The X-Factor,” selling millions of albums, performances in sold-out stadiums around the world, and winning numerous awards.
Despite their success, the band could not break through to a wider audience, and they struggled to shake the boy band label. Though their music matured into a more sophisticated rock sound over time, they never reached a point where the general public fully embraced them in the manner that their fans believed they deserved.
Harry Styles First Solo Album
Styles began working on his first solo album after the band went on hiatus in 2015. It was then released to much acclaim in 2017. But it was not until his second solo album that he hit his groove.
With Fine Line, he discovered his artistic voice and released an album that appealed to his core audience and helped him break into the mainstream.
Fine Line has evolved gradually from the release of the album’s first single (“Lights Up” in October 2019) to the most recent video (“Treat People With Kindness” in January 2021). Styles became a household name with this release, breaking away from his boy band beginnings in a way he has never done before. People don’t know him more as “Harry Styles from One Direction”. Styles now stands alone, proud of his heritage but forging his own destiny.
2020 was a very spectacular year for Harry Styles. He largely relied on his fanbase to spread the word about his work. To guarantee that “Watermelon Sugar” reached Billboard’s No. 1 spot, fans on social media hosted streaming parties.
To support his album, they’ve produced and sold their merchandise. They’ve made sure that everything he does goes viral as only a committed stan army can.
Even though Styles has a small social media presence, he remains one of the most well-known internet celebrities. It is because his fans have kept him there. In a world where social media rules, he relies on his followers.
Fine Line has a major influence. He’s up for his first three GRAMMYs as a part of it: Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Music Video for his sensation “Adore You,” and Best Pop Solo Performance for “Watermelon Sugar.”
Statistics also back up his success. Fine Line has over 4 billion worldwide views and six songs. And they all have charted on the Billboard Top 100 chart, according to the RIAA.