Grammys 2023: Harry Styles under fire for 'white privilege' acceptance speech for Album of the Year

Harry Styles receiving an award
Harry Styles' acceptance speech has been slammed. Photo credit: Getty Images

Grammy Award winner Harry Styles has been slammed online for his acceptance speech for the Album of the Year accolade, in which he beat out fellow nominees Beyoncé, Lizzo and Adele.

Styles, who donned a colourful Egonlab jumpsuit on the red carpet that has since been dubbed "clowncore", took the coveted top prize at the Grammys for his album Harry's House.

"I think on nights like tonight it's important for us to remember there is no such thing 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," Styles said in his acceptance speech.

"This doesn't happen to people like me very often and this is so, so nice. Thank you very much," he concluded.

It's the "people like me" line that's caused major upset online, with many unsure exactly what Styles was referring to, with others slamming his comments as an example of "white privilege".

"'This doesn't happen to people like me' is the most white privilege-iest thing to ever be uttered at an awards show ever for all time," one said.

Another slated Styles for beating both Beyoncé and Lizzo during Black History Month.

"Not Beyoncé and Kendrick losing album of the year to Harry Styles during Black History Month???" one wrote.

"Having Adele, Lizzo and Beyoncé they chose to give it to a man that couldn't even sing the song live?" another said.

But not everyone was against Styles for his win.

"Harry Styles gave THIS humble af speech and people are hating on him because their fave didn't win?? He deserved this grammy more than anything so respectfully, get over yourselves," one commenter said.

Styles himself has yet to offer any clarification as to what exactly he meant by "people like me."