Grammy Drama: Album of the Year Winner 2023

Grammy 2023 Recap

In case you were unaware, the 2023 Grammy Awards happened on Sunday, February 5.


Award highlights:

  • Beyoncé won her 32nd Grammy Award (the most Grammy wins ever)
    • She won the Best Dance/Electronic Music Album
  • Harry Styles won Best Pop Vocal Album and Album of the Year for Harry’s House
  • Taylor Swift won Best Music Video for All Too Well: The Short Film
  • Bonnie Raitt won Song of The Year for “Just Like That”
  • Samara Joy won Best New Artist
  • Sam Smith and Kim Petras won Best Pop Vocal Duo or Group Performance for “Unholy”

(Greenblatt, 2023)

Grammy Drama

There was plenty of controversy towards the Album of the Year (AOTY) award.

Harry Styles won the 2023 Album of the Year for his album Harry’s House. Many people believed that Beyoncé should have won this award for her album Renaissance. As Harry went on stage to accept his award, many Beyoncé fans were screaming during Harry’s acceptance speech. They were screaming things like “get off the stage” and “Beyoncé should’ve won (Access Hollywood, 2023).

Harry Styles giving his acceptance speech for Album of the Year on stage with Kid Harpoon and Tyler Johnson behind him
Harry Styles' AOTY acceptance speech (Timothy Norris/FilmMagic via Getty Images)

My Opinion on the AOTY 2023

Although it is fair to be disappointed in your favourite artist not winning an award, it is completely inappropriate and rude to belittle the winner of the award. Harry Styles expressed that it is his “most personal album yet,” signifying that he worked extremely hard on this album (TODAY, 2022). Moreover, Harry spent all of 2022 touring and promoting his album further. This includes selling out 15 nights at both Madison Square Garden in New York and the Kia Forum in Los Angeles. This makes him the first solo artist to sell out 15 consecutive nights at Madison Square Garden (Lietz, 2022).


Although Beyoncé had a successful year musically, unlike Styles, she did not tour, nor release any official music videos for her new album. I must admit that she is an incredibly talented artist and Renaissance is a great album; however, Styles has spent 2022 promoting his new album, and I believe the Album of the Year award was well deserved.


Lastly, it is incredible rare for someone who was part of a musical group to make a name for themselves on their own. Styles was originally part of the boy band One Direction, that got big after the boys individually auditioned for The X Factor. For Styles to have become this successful in his solo career is an incredible accomplishment. Although Beyoncé has an incredible music career, I believe that it is about time that Harry Styles got the recognition he deserves.

Harry Styles holding his two Grammy Awards and posing for a camera.
Harry Styles holding his two Grammy Awards (Variety via Getty Images)


Access Hollywood. (2023). Harry Styles Heckled By Beyoncé Fans At 2023 GrammysYouTube

Greenblatt, L. (2023, February 6). The best and Worst moments from the 2023 Grammy awards. Entertainment Weekly.

Lietz, L. (2022, November 1). Harry Styles sells out 15 consecutive nights at Madison Square Garden. Times.

TODAY. (2022, May 19). Harry Styles: ‘Harry’s House’ is my most personal album yet.

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