Harry Styles has officially opened the 2021 Grammy Awards with a special performance of his hit song, ‘Watermelon Sugar’.

Backed by a live band including vocalists, a saxophonist and a trumpeter, just to name a few artists, the band also featured Devonté Hynes who you’ll know as Blood Orange on the bass. And the result is pretty damn top notch.

According to Music FeedsHynes also played the role of musical director for the performance and at around the 1:55 minute mark, you can see Hynes jam out to their live rendition while Styles is just straight vibing to the instrumental.

Styles is also nominated for three Grammy Awards, which are also his first three ever, as per Pitchfork.

The artist’s sophomore LP Fine Line is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album, ‘Watermelon Sugar’ is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Performance. ‘Adore You’ was also nominated for Best Music Video, but the category was taken out by Beyonce’s ‘BROWN SKIN GIRL’.

On the other side of the coin, Styles’ former bandmate, Zayn Malik has a pretty opposite take on the institution that is the Grammys. And just last week Malik took to Twitter to throw some shade their way.

He said, “Fuck the grammys and everyone associated. Unless you shake hands and send gifts, there’s no nomination considerations. Next year I’ll send you a basket of confectionary.”

Unlike Styles, Malik has had no such luck with the Recording Academy, consecutively missing out on nominations for his music. Zayn has repeatedly missed out on being eligible for Grammy Award nominations over the recent years, as per its eligibility period, which for the 2021 Grammys began on September 1st, 2019 and ended on August 31st 2020.

The closest Malik has come to scoring himself a Grammy came at the time he collaborated with Taylor Swift on the track, ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’.

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