Comedian Trevor Noah hosted the socially distanced ceremony at the 63rd Grammy Awards last night (14 March) from the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.
Styles – who also performed at the high-profile event – picked up his first-ever Grammy, winning Best Pop Solo Performance with his 2019 hit single “Watermelon Sugar”.
When accepting the award, the former One Director star said: “Thank you so much and I feel very grateful to be here,” before American network CBS cut out his audio.
After the lengthy bleeped pause, the 27-year-old added: “Thank you so much. I feel very honoured to be among all of you.”
Viewers watching from America were quick to voice their confusion on social media. One user wrote: “What exactly did Harry Styles say that had to be bleeped?.... Somebody tell me.”
Another added: “Someone figure out what was bleeped out”.
Viewers outside of America, who were watching the broadcast without the US Federal Communications Commission regulations were able to shed some light on the matter and reveal that Styles had said: “All these songs are f***ing massive.”
The FCC prohibits the airing of “indecent” or “profane” content on broadcast television between 6am and 10pm. Styles’s acceptance speech occurred before the 10pm cut-off.
One user in Australia wrote: “Love how in Australia they didn’t bleep out Harry saying f***ing but everywhere else did.”
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Another added: “On German TV they didn’t bleep it and he said ‘all of these songs are f***ing massive so thank you so much.’”
Styles was up against Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa and Taylor Swift in the competitive category.
However, the singer missed out on two of his other nominations, including for Best Pop Vocal Album – which was won by Dua Lipa – and Best Music video, which went to “Brown Skin Girl” by Beyonce, Saint Jhn and Wizkid featuring Blue Ivy Carter.
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