Harry Styles sends fans wild with surprise tribute at BRIT Awards 2023

Harry Styles The Brit Awards
Harry Styles was the big winner at The BRIT Awards 2023 (Image credit: ITV/Lillie-Eiger)

Thirteen years after finding fame with X Factor boyband One Direction, Harry Styles was the man of the moment at the BRIT Awards 2023 with Mastercard on Saturday night, winning all four awards he was nominated for, including the hotly contested best album.

Following on from his recent triumph at the Grammys in Los Angeles, where he scooped best album for Harry's House, Harry — who opened the show with an energetic performance of his hit single As It Was — bagged the gongs for artist of the year, best pop/R&B act, best album and best single for As It Was.

What To Watch managed to bag a ticket to the star-studded event, hosted by comedian and The Masked Singer 2023 panelist Mo Gilligan and broadcast live on ITV from London's 02 arena. And if the reaction from the enthusiastic crowd was anything to go by, it came as no surprise that Harry would clean up.

Upon collecting his award for artist of the year, Harry gave a nod to the ITV talent show that made his name more than a decade ago, thanking his mum for "signing me up for X Factor without telling me", and his fellow One Direction bandmates Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik.

Throughout their tenure, One Direction picked up seven BRIT awards out of twelve nominations, including the gong for Global Success in 2013.

This year's BRIT nominations saw no women up for best artist, following the organisers decision last year to scrap the best male and best female categories in favour of gender-neutral prizes.

"I'm aware of my privilege up here tonight," Harry said, name-checking the female performers who'd missed out on the artist prize, including Mabel, Florence Welch and Becky Hill.

All was not lost for Becky, though. The singer — who found fame on the very first BBC One series of The Voice UK in 2012 — won the award for Best Dance Act.

Visibly sobbing as she collected her statue, Becky paid tribute to her manager, Alex, who "funded me when I was 18 just off The Voice, who saw me through getting dropped from [one] record deal, then starting my own record deal and signing to Polydor."

Becky then let her talent do the talking as she closed the star-studded event with a spectacular performance of Crazy What Love Can Do, alongside X Factor 2012 alumni Ella Henderson and producer of the year, David Guetta, which also featured Eurovision 2022 runner-up and best new artist nominee, Sam Ryder.

For details of all the BRITs 2023 winners click here.

Victoria Wilson
Feature Writer for What’s on TV, TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and WhatToWatch.com

With over 20 years’ experience writing about TV and film, Vicky currently writes features for What’s on TV, TV Times, TV & Satellite Week magazines plus news and watching guides for WhatToWatch.com, a job which involves chatting to a whole host of famous faces. Our Vicky LOVES light entertainment, with Strictly Come Dancing, Britain’s Got Talent and The Voice UK among her fave shows. Basically, if it’s got a shiny floor, she’s all over it! When she’s not watching TV, you might find Vicky in therapy… retail therapy that is!