Harry Styles Delivers Show-Stopping Performance Of “As It Was” At 2023 GRAMMYs

Kid Harpoon, who produced Styles’ album, Harry’s House, introduced him to the stage.

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Madeleine O’Connell

Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her master’s degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Music Mayhem, she has been published in American Songwriter, Country Now, and Holler.Country. When she’s not attending a concert or adding new country music to her playlist, O’Connell spends her time dancing in the studio and traveling with her family.

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Posted on February 6, 2023

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On Sunday (Feb. 5), Harry Styles returned to the GRAMMY stage for his second performance since the 2021 ceremony, with his song “As It Was” off his third studio album, Harry’s House.

Kid Harpoon, who produced Styles’ album, Harry’s House, introduced him to the stage with rave reviews.

“The whole world knows him as Harry, but as he knows, I call him Gary.” Harpoon said. “I call him Gary because he’s etched his name so deeply into our culture that sometimes it’s easy to forget the human. The boy from a village in Cheshire, England working in a bakery who chased his dream. And now years later, he’s about to perform Grammy Award-winning music for you tonight.”

Styles then appeared on a red, revolving stage surrounded by a group of dancers up who were all dressed in casual streetwear. Per usual, Styles stood out in yet another decked jumpsuit that was somehow even more glamorous than his first outfit of the night. His silver fringe ensemble matched the tone of the audience who were up on their feet dancing along to the joyful tune that has taken the world by storm since its release. 

The singer started the night off with a shirtless red carpet look that was complete with glamorous flared overalls. The low-cut ensemble, courtesy of the Parisian label Egonlab, featured a multicolor diamond pattern made entirely out of Swarovski crystals. When it came to his shoes, Styles kept things simple with a classic pair of heeled white boots.

Harry Styles went into the 65th Annual GRAMMY Awards with a whopping six nominations, four of which were for his fan-favorite, “As It Was.” This track is featured on his latest album, Harry’s House, which was also nominated for Album of the Year and awarded the winner for Best Pop Vocal Album.

“This album from start to finish has been the greatest experience of my life,” Styles began in his acceptance speech. “From making it with two of my best friends to playing it for people, it has been the greatest joy I could have asked for.”

As the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter stepped on stage to collect his award, he was decked out in a slightly more subdued look. He wore tan wide-legged pants with a cropped tan blazer, and of course added a bit of glitz with his silver sparkle top.

The 65th Annual GRAMMY Awards featured performances from Bad Bunny, Mary J. Blige, Brandi Carlile, Luke Combs, Steve Lacy, Lizzo, Kim Petras, Sam Smith, Harry Styles, Chris Stapleton, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and more.

“Music’s Biggest Night” also included an all-star 50th Anniversary celebration of hip hop, which included performances by Big Boi, Busta Rhymes with Spliff Star, De La Soul, DJ Drama, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Missy Elliott, Future, GloRilla, Grandmaster Flash, Grandmaster Mele Mel & Scorpio/Ethiopian King, Ice-T, Lil Baby, Lil Wayne, The Lox, Method Man, Nelly, Public Enemy, Queen Latifah, Rahiem, Rakim, RUN-DMC, Salt-N-Pepa and Spinderella, Scarface, Swizz Beatz, and Too $hort. LL COOL J will be on hand to introduce the segment and give a dedication to hip hop.

Several tributes also took place during the In Memoriam segment at the all-genre ceremony. Sheryl Crow, Mick Fleetwood and Bonnie Raitt paid homage to late Fleetwood Mac member, Christine McVie, with a performance of McVie’s “Songbird.”

Maverick City Music and Quavo also remembered the late Migos rapper, Takeoff, with a special tribute performance of “Without You,” a song that Quavo wrote after his passing.

First Lady Jill Biden, Cardi B, James Corden, Billy Crystal, Viola Davis, Dwayne Johnson, Olivia Rodrigo, and Shania Twain and more were on hand to present during the ceremony.

Beyoncé led the pack with nine nominations, including the prestigious Album Of The Year (Renaissance). Following behind Beyoncé are Kendrick Lamar with eight nods, Adele and Brandi Carlile with seven nominations as well as Mary J. Blige, DJ Khaled, Harry Styles, Future, The Dream and Randy Merrill have six. For a full list of 2023 GRAMMY nominees click HERE.

Prior to the GRAMMY Awards, several winners were revealed during the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in the City Of Angels. For a full list of winner, visit live.GRAMMY.com.

Co-hosted by GRAMMY-nominated comedian Trevor Noah, the 2023 GRAMMYs broadcasted live from Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 5 at 8/7c on CBS. The coveted awards ceremony also streamed live and on demand via Paramount+.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her master’s degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Music Mayhem, she has been published in American Songwriter, Country Now, and Holler.Country. When she’s not attending a concert or adding new country music to her playlist, O’Connell spends her time dancing in the studio and traveling with her family.

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