Harry Styles wore Nina Ricci & acknowledged his privilege at the BRIT Awards

Here are photos from Saturday night’s BRIT Awards in London, at the O2. Harry Styles was a big winner at the BRITs, just like he was at the Grammys. He knew he got a backlash against his Grammy wins as well, which is why he tried to undo some damage at the BRITs. Harry picked up awards for Pop/R&B Act, Song of the Year, Artist of the Year and Mastercard Album of the Year. At the BRITs, Artist of the Year had zero female artists nominated after the awards show removed gender from the categories. Styles told the crowd: “I’m very aware of my privilege up here tonight… So this is for Rina [Sawayama], Charli [XCX], Florence [+ the Machine], Mabel and Becky [Hill].” Yeah – he didn’t make the categories genderless, and he probably always would have won regardless, but still – I’m going to need a little bit more than “I’m aware of my privilege.” Sigh. He also thanked his former One Direction bandmates in one of his speeches. On the red carpet, he wore Nina Ricci.

More photos from the BRITs – Jodie Turner-Smith in Zuhair Murad. She looks amazing!! Like a ‘70s disco queen.

Salma Hayek in Alexander McQueen. She looks TINY. And badass.

Sam Smith wore a custom latex suit by Harri (a London label). This is bonkers. But fun?

Kim Petras in Valentino. Her makeup is great.

And here’s Lizzo in her stage ensemble. She’s enjoying herself so much.

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red.

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  1. Brassy Rebel says:

    If these awards shows are going to go genderless for the categories, no woman will ever win again because misogyny is still a thing. A really big thing.

    • MissMarirose says:

      And they made it pretty obvious at the BRIT awards last night. Some dude named Tom Grennan made a comment to Ellie Goulding about whether the breastplate top she was wearing were her “real boobs.” It was all over Twitter last night.

    • Kebbie says:

      Very much this. I know Emma Corrin is one that has advocated for taking gender out of award ceremonies, but this is exactly what will happen. And when a woman is nominated, she’ll be white. In an ideal world, it would be great. But we don’t live in an ideal world.

    • Kayala45 says:

      Agree…. They are so “progressive” that they removed gender so no women even get a nominated? Wtf?! Kind of see this happening for most awards shows in the future in the name of progress but probably just gonna hurt women and help dudes. Cool cool.

    • Isabella says:

      NYT had a story on this today. The lack of female nominees was sadly predictable for this reason:

      “An all-male shortlist “was always going to happen sooner or later” because of the unequal nature of Britain’s music industry, said Vick Bain, a consultant on diversity issues and the president of Britain’s Incorporated Society of Musicians. Women make up only about 20 percent of artists, and 14 percent of songwriters, signed to British record labels and publishers, Bain said.

    • Stacy DeCuyper says:

      Song of the year – album if the year should not be gender specific- it’s like affirmative action for successful songs- it should not matter if there wasn’t a female or any other sec or race- it should be about the music!

      • ThatsNotOkay says:

        Affirmative action is necessary thing. Yet did you know it benefits white women over anyone else, with Asians coming in second, yet Black people are demonized for it and benefit the least? No, of course you didn’t. Bye.

      • Imara219 says:

        @ThatsNotOkay thanks for this comment because Stacy had me scratching my head.

  2. ThatsNotOkay says:

    I hear the reasoning for genderless awards, but, no. There’s a reason for Title IX, for gendered spaces and even awards. Women get cut out and subjugated entirely. That’s always been the case, case in point. It’s paradoxical, that by trying to give women space and a place on the pitch, it’s seen as exclusionary. People try to make the same cases for awards given to BIPOC or Latin people who’ve historically been shut out of all awards, but they don’t let that criticism fly. Because we know the reality is much different from the ideal.

    I don’t know what the solution is—the option to also be considered in a non-gendered category, or introducing a non-cis category, but lumping all genders together is going to fail spectacularly. Just as it did here.

    • Mia4s says:

      Sadly the idea of “genderless awards” is for an ideal world that we just don’t live in. And are nowhere close to. I don’t have a good answer because I understand what is being tried…but, it’s already a problem (that really anyone could see coming).

      I laughed when I read about his speech honestly: Yeah someone and his team did NOT get the reaction they were hoping for at and after the Grammys. 😂

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        Yeah and I don’t think it was made any better with that speech last night as it was clearly damage control for that terrible Grammys speech.

        Also, Sam Smith knocked him off the front page – LOLz all day on that one. All the press and SM could talk about was what Sam wore.

  3. Louise177 says:

    Love Harry’s suit but I feel it overwhelms him. It looks too big. Jodie looks amazing and I like Lizzo’s dress but not the color. I have no clue what Sam is wearing.

    • Taxky says:

      I’m really tired of Harry refusing to talk about his sexuality while he culturally appropriates the trans community from his position of extreme privilege and safety.

      • Suki says:

        He does not have to talk about his sexuality if he is not comfortable about doing so and we are not entitled to his sexuality either. Because we don’t know, it is wrong to accuse him of cultural appropriation. Also, straight men can choose to wear more feminine or flamboyant clothing if they choose to and that is also not cultural appropriation.

      • Tacky says:

        Styles is queerbaiting. That mean he is affecting the persona of a queer person while refusing to actually disclose if he is one. Putting on someone else’s oppression as a costume is just plain gross and it amazes me how reluctant people are to call him out.

      • SammiB says:

        @tacky what is queerbaiting really? We all agree the current masculine ideal needs to change, yet when a dude embraces his softer side & love of fashion he’s ‘queerbaiting’. Rock & hard place. He doesn’t have to declare his sexuality. No one does. Also aren’t you kind of stereotyping queer a little?

      • Vexxy says:

        He doesn’t owe anyone anything regarding his sexuality. As a queer woman, I don’t want to hear about him queerbaiting. He’s allowed to do his own thing. I hate all the speculation about his sexuality, it’s so unnecessary and personal. I have no personal interest in Harry Styles but the furor over his sexuality is offensive.

    • Truthiness says:

      I think Sam borrowed a designer from Lady Gaga’s early years.

    • Erin says:

      Jodie is perfection. Salma is meh. I laughed at the Sam Smith outfit, I’m sorry but it just looks funny and super uncomfortable. And maybe I’m too old and I didn’t grow up listening to one direction and still don’t listen to harry but I don’t find him attractive no matter what he wears. His face is just average to me just like Chris Evans. Just an average white dude. I’ve also watched him perform and still, meh for me.

  4. TIFFANY says:

    How did Sam sit. Anywhere, let alone a chair.

    Or was this look just for the red carpet?

  5. L says:

    Sam’s outfit is hilarious! Couldn’t stop laughing first time I saw it! Reminds me of The incredibles 🤣

  6. Noki says:

    Why don’t more people complain about Harry’s very obvious and cringey perfomative wardrobe. It is clearly baiting and trying to get the pink pound.

    • Kayala45 says:

      Agree with Noki! Bowie did it better decades ago. Harry ain’t original or edgey, just seems like he is trying too hard to be edgy and comes across as cringey and try hard. I can’t believe people are buying this.

      • Malificent says:

        Yeah, Bowie and the glam rockers were doing non-binary decades ago back when it was still androgynous. I don’t care how Harry dresses — but he needs to stop acting like it’s edgy. And please, please stop with the circus onesies — it is completely unappealing to dress like a toddler who needs a glittery diaper change.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      His blatant baiting is one of the reasons I can’t stand him, that and the fact that everything about his is manufactured, right down to his fug tats. His success was given to him on a plate by Simon Cowell, his solo success if down to the built 1D fan base that he has worked hard not to alienate.

      Styles is trying too hard to be someone he is not and never will be – it doesn’t help that whenever he opens his mouth he comes across as a bit of a dim bulb which is concerning considering all the years of media training he has had.

    • QuiteContrary says:

      Agree. It’s infuriating. He gets all of the attention but pays none of the penalties that queer people tragically pay.

      • Chantelou says:

        Sounds like he’s paying a penalty on this thread tho lol
        I personally love Harry and everyone else who normalizes happily! dressing and looking however tf you want on any given day instead of somebody’s else’s idea of what your “correct” gender expression should be. Fthat.

        And gender and sexuality are 2 completely different things — People saying he needs to publicly discuss his sexuality before dressing what I guess? they call feminine? Hells to the nahhh – for me.
        Excuse me now while I go get dressed in an outfit that will prolly confuse a lot of ppl. 🙁

    • Chanteloup says:

      Sounds like he’s paying a penalty on this thread tho lol
      I personally love Harry and everyone else who normalizes happily! dressing and looking however tf you want on any given day instead of somebody’s else’s idea of what your “correct” gender expression should be. Ef that.
      And gender and sexuality are 2 completely different things — People saying he needs to publicly discuss his sexuality before dressing what I guess? they call feminine? Hells to the nahhh – for me.
      Excuse me now while I go get dressed in an outfit that will prolly confuse a lot of ppl. 🙁

      I see my comment was held. Not trying to make anyone feel bad; just offering a counterpoint xo

      • Fender says:

        Chanteloup, Harry Styles didn’t invent gender-bending dressing, he is just a try hard copycat whose team is copying people that did it before and much better. The biggest issue with him is his blatant queer baiting, not so much the unflattering outfits he wears, or the mediocre music he “makes”.

    • Emmi says:

      So only queer people are allowed to dress like this? That’s a crazy logic. I’m a cis woman so I’m allowed too? But no cis men whose sexuality isn’t publicly definded?

      Queer people didn’t invent bows or skirts or dresses. Throughout history, cis men have worn a lot of clothing that is apparently now considered “baiting” because for 200 years or so, men have stuck to pants?

      If it’s an act on his part, who cares. Lady Gaga certainly went for the queer community’s coin but everybody thought that was so artsy and great. I don’t know, just let people dress however they want.

  7. SIde Eye says:

    Jodie Turner Smith geez Louise – talk about hitting the genetic lottery. My God she’s gorgeous. This is my favorite look of hers ever. Salma has never dressed for her body type. I don’t think that dress suits her at all.

  8. Concern Fae says:

    Someone on Twitter called Sam’s look “If Catwoman farted” and I can’t stop laughing.

    Sorry no credit, I was apparently laughing too hard to like the tweet and it wasn’t in my timeline.

  9. Stacy Dresden says:

    I am biased because of my love for disco fashion BUT Jodie is a 10/10 for me here. She’s a rare beauty and usually kills it with her fashion and styling. Also love Salma and Kim here.

  10. HeyKay says:

    OK, outfit opinions here.
    #1. The fabric rose on Harry is slightly too large, it almost blocks his face in the photos.
    #2. Sam Smith looks like he stole that outfit from early David Bowie. Bowie had the famous red/white striped huge, wide outfit in fashion shoot years ago.
    He must be sweating inside that, how did he walk out in that? It doesn’t look like it bends at all. Did he just stand and lean against a wall all night?
    #3. Lizzo has a pink furry chair behind her head. She looks good but can’t be comfy to wear.
    #4. Salma looks harsh in that black leather, it’s the wrong shape for her body. Why is Salma at this event anyhow?

    Harry has a weak fashion game, IMO.
    Bowie did it first, and better. DB was a creative force. Harry comes off to me as a product, a packaged star who is riding a current wave.

  11. Kayala45 says:

    The “gender less” thing is only gonna hurt women and help men. It’s not progress by erasing the existence of women. Wtf is happening?! This makes me angry that no women were even nominated. Would adding a non binary and trans category help out those artists too? I think that would be actual progress and inclusion.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Last year was the first year the did this award and Adele won it but she was the only woman nominated. This year not only did they not bother nominating a woman but they also didn’t bother to look at who from the non binary or trans community could have been repped in the category.

      The raging misogyny of the entertainment industry is on full display here and no one is even batting an eyelid.

  12. Charfromdarock says:

    Jodie Turner-Smith is exquisite.

  13. Lola says:

    I have yet to learn of a single society where the males in it do not end up entirely cutting out and excluding women in every single area of life (except for serving/supporting/cheering for men) unless there are ENFORCED LAWS OR RULES prohibiting them from doing so. The majority of men may not *intend* this deliberately (while a significant number of them do intend it). But it happens in EVERY arena of life. Government. Religion. Academia. Science. Sports. Country Clubs. Literature. Music. The list goes on and it happens at every level of society.

    We’re generations away from a time where we can safely remove the laws and rules that GUARANTEE female inclusion.

  14. Emmy Rae says:

    I love Sam Smith’s getup. Missy Elliot + Darth Vader. It’s fun and I’m surprised they don’t look more like they are having fun.

    Jodie T-S is so overwhelmingly gorgeous. She looks like she could be a statue.

  15. Jenn says:

    Oh my god, I love what Sam Smith wore. A widespread frustration for so many nonbinary people is how people genuinely struggle to parse any but the *thinnest*, most androgynous silhouettes as nonbinary or agender. It is sizeism. Any weight carried on your body — hips, breasts, whatever — is interpreted, often unconsciously and even internally, as a “strike” “against” your nonbinary gender identity. Sam Smith has experienced this frustration relentlessly and publicly this year. So I love that this balloon jumpsuit plays with gender constructs — with our collective expectations of what “androgyny” constitutes — by drastically changing its wearer’s apparent shape and silhouette into something unrecognizable.

  16. j.ferber says:

    I agree with Taxky, Noki, Digital Unicorn and Quite Contrary (sorry if I left anyone out). Harry is infuriating, try-hard, curated more than the RF would “meticulously curate” H and M’s presence at the Clowning and has okay-ish music at best. I absolutely adore Sam Smith’s suit and Jodie Turner-Smith, Salma Hayak and Kim Petras are EXQUISITE. I love Lizzo’s pink, giant fur collar and she looks amazing and happy. Love that she won Record of the Year at the Grammy’s and would much have preferred if she (or Beyonce) won Album of the Year instead of Harry. By the way, I really loved Harry’s performance in the film My Policeman.

  17. Saschafrom76 says:

    Nobody owes anybody an explanation their sexuality. It’s not queer baiting unless you say you’re not gay, but act like you are. People can wear whatever clothes that they want. Harry is obviously paying the same price Bowie did except for this time is coming from SOME of the queers. So is he appropriating or are you trying to shove someone out of the closet? Yes he has privilege but no one owes anyone explanations about their clothing.

  18. Imara219 says:

    I mean, Harry Styles’s fashion choices are clearly making a statement. I guess to me; it just seems derivative and not original or authentic to him. I don’t think he has to announce his sexuality, and I’m an 80s baby, so I grew up looking at rock stars dress androgynous, but Harry is just doing a really bad job of it. Firstly, the suit isn’t that horrible, but the gigantic flower is horrid. It cuts off his face and visually overpowers him. I mean, if he’s doing a magazine cover, maybe it would make sense on a deeper level. However, for an awards show, it’s just weird and ugly AF. Also, those rockers from the 70s and 80s just exuded this level of confidence and appeal that Harry lacks. It also feels like desperation and faked posied coolness, contributing to the wrongness of the look for him.