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Harry Styles Hit With Backlash For Saying Grammy Wins Don't 'Happen To People Like Me Very Often'

The former One Direction member took home two statues for his album 'Harry's House,' including Album of the Year.

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Harry Styles had a big Grammys night on Sunday, receiving two awards including the big one for Album of the Year. But he also received backlash for part of his acceptance speech that left people scratching their heads.

Styles took the stage to accept his award for his album Harry's House and shared his own surprise at beating out Beyoncé—who was favored to win—as well as Adele, Bad Bunny and Kendrick Lamar.

Styles, in obvious disbelief began:

"Well, sh*t."

He reflected on fellow category nominees and shared his appreciation and the ways they inspired him.

Styles then thoughtfully shared:

"I think on nights like tonight, it's important for us to remember there is no such things as 'best' in music."
"I don't think any of us sit in the studio making decisions on what is going to get us one of these."

As members in the audience nodded and cheered, Styles finished:

"I'm just so... This doesn't happen to people like me very often, and this is so, so nice."

...which left a lot of people baffled for many reasons.

You can witness that last sentence below.

Since Styles didn't elaborate many are filling in the blanks.

The conclusions being drawn made Styles—a cisgender White male—to appear very unaware. A majority of past Album of the Year winners have been White males.

Most entertainment industry awards have gone to White males for decades before women and minorities finally received recognition.

People of color and openly LGBTQ+ people have been underrepresented in nominations and wins.

Beyoncé has lost many times for Album of the Year despite being expected to win.

She lost out to Adele in 2017, Beck in 2015 and Taylor Swift in 2010.

So people are speaking out about his choice of words.

Some fans of the "Watermelon Sugar" singer came to his defense.

They guessed "people like me" referred to his past struggles as a member of a boy band.

Or something else unrelated to the music industry's racial, gender and sexuality biases.

Perhaps in the future Styles will clarify what he means.

But for now, we bet he's rethinking that sentence altogether.

At least we hope he is.