Harry Styles won the fan-voted British Artist Video of the Year Award for his high-flying “Sign of the Times” video last night at The 2018 BRIT Awards which took place at London’s O2 Arena. The former One Direction member was not able to accept his award in person, so he took to Twitter to thank the fans who voted for him. (Read his tweet below).
Styles notably beat out two of his former 1D band mates, Liam Payne and Zayn, to win the award. Payne was nominated for his “Strip That Down” video and Zayn was nominated for his “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever/Fifty Shades Darker” collaboration with Taylor Swift. “Sign” also bested other heavyweight contenders including Ed Sheeran’s record-breaking video “Shape of You” and Dua Lipa’s empowering “New Rules” video. “Shape of You” has garnered over 3.2 billion views on YouTube to date and “New Rules” has amassed over 1 billion views.
Harry Styles soars through the sky like a pop star Harry Potter in the stunning video which was the first video from his chart-topping debut solo album. He reportedly flew 1,550 feet in the air for the shoot, with no green screen or CGI effects. The “Kiwi”singer is wearing a dark blue trench coat and white cable sweater during the video, which takes place in a marshy setting on the ground and then gives way to a breathtaking flight past waterfalls and eventually finds Styles high in the clouds, nearly level with the sun. (Watch the “Sign of the Times” video embedded above).
The British native singer-songwriter earned a rare artistic trifecta last year by being the first music artist to ever have a No. 1 single (for “Sign of the Times”), album (Harry Styles), and film (“Dunkirk”) open at No. 1. Styles has won seven BRIT Awards as a member of One Direction, including three British Artist Video of the Year Awards for “You & I” in 2015, “Drag Me Down” in 2016, and “History” in 2017. His “Sign of the Times” British Artist Video of the Year win marks his first BRIT Award win as a solo artist.
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Thank you to everyone who voted for me at the @BRITs tonight. I appreciate and love you all very much. H— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) February 21, 2018