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The singer took to the stage in a dark Gucci leather suit with a furry green scarf, and began the song softly. Behind him, his band and dancers were similarly dressed, and Styles threw glances to them regularly during his performance.
As Styles removed his scarf, he was not wearing a shirt under his suit jacket. At that point, the entire performance ramped up with more energy.
For his second studio album Fine Line, the 27-year-old English singer, songwriter and former One Direction member was nominated for best pop vocal album, but lost out to Dua Lipa. Upon its release in December 2019, Fine Line spent its first two weeks in the No. 1 position on the Billboard 200 chart.
Meanwhile, Styles won best pop solo performance for “Watermelon Sugar” and was nominated best music video for “Adore You,” but lost out to Beyoncé.
Backstage in the press room, Styles said, “I feel incredibly lucky to get to work in music and make music as my job every day, and this is an incredibly sweet icing on the cake of what I get to do every day so thank you so much.” He went on to thank his fans, label and managers, for giving him the environment to be free and make the kind of music he is passionate about.
Additional performers at Sunday’s awards included Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, rappers Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B, who performed together; Bad Bunny, Korean pop band BTS, John Mayer and Post Malone.
Hosted by Trevor Noah, the ceremony was held at Los Angeles Convention Center and broadcast on CBS and Paramount+.
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