Accepting his award, Styles said “moments like this make me more incredibly grateful to get to do this,” at which point many viewers expressed surprise that Styles’ accent sounded Americanised.
“Has Harry Styles set his accent to ‘shuffle’,” one Twitter user wrote, while another added: “Did I just hear Harry Styles’ accent with an American twang?”
Some compared the moment to when Joss Stone spoke in an American accent during her BRIT Award acceptance speech in 2007. “Harry Styles’ accent is a bit Joss Stone, isn’t it,” one user tweeted while another said: “Is he paying Joss Stone a tribute…?”
You can see some more of the reactions below:
Why has Harry Styles got an American/English accent. Self hype maybe? Baffled#TheXFactor
— Jayne (@Jayne19900358) November 11, 2017
Has Harry Styles set his accent to ‘shuffle’?
— Gus The Fox (@GusTheFox) May 11, 2021
Harry Styles speaking with an American accent shocked me to the core
— B (@yagorlbek) May 11, 2021
…Did I just hear Harry Styles’ accent with an American twang? 😩
— brooke (@depplyhaIIows) May 11, 2021
Harry Styles accent confused me #brits2021
— Hattie Newbould (@hattienewbould) May 11, 2021
— Amy (@AmyLizzi) May 11, 2021
Harry Styles’ hybrid Cheshire/ American accent is weird af
— Vikki Cumberbatch (@_thebestintown) May 12, 2021
Harry Styles' accent is a bit Joss Stone isn't it. #BRITs
— Daniel Rosney (@DanielRosney) May 11, 2021
This is not a joke, the flat I grew up in had wallpaper like Harry Styles suit at #BRITs tonight….also is he paying Joss Stone a tribute of when she spoke with a dodgy American accent!?!?!?!
— Victoria Wai 📷 (@Victoria__Wai) May 11, 2021
This year’s BRIT Awards ceremony opened with Coldplay performing their new single ‘Higher Power’ from a pontoon on the River Thames. Dua Lipa, Arlo Parks, Headie One and more also took to the stage at The O2 in London.
The BRITs 2021 served as a government COVID pilot event, meaning that a scaled-back live audience – largely made up of NHS and key workers – could attend the ceremony without the need to wear masks or socially distance.
Winners include Haim (International Group), Arlo Parks (Breakthrough Artist), Dua Lipa (Female Solo Artist and Best British Album) and J Hus (Male Solo Artist). Taylor Swift also received the Global Icon award at the event.
You can see the full list of winners here.