The real reason Harry Styles skipped the 2022 VMAs despite winning big

Harry Styles has had a pretty busy schedule of gigs lately. The “Watermelon Sugar” singer wowed crowds on his “Love On Tour.” The star is playing 15 shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City through September, according to the New York Post.

Styles recently made headlines for a fan incident involving chicken nuggets. A video posted to Twitter captured the drama. Apparently a fan threw some nuggets onto the stage at his concert on August 27th. Styles replied, “Interesting, very interesting approach. Who threw the chicken nugget? I don’t eat chicken, sorry. I don’t eat meat.” He continued to ridicule the situation, saying, “First of all, this is cold and I assume it’s very old. Do you want it back? Why? All right, here you go. Don’t eat it! Now it’s on the floor! Don’t look for it, we’ll get you another nugget.”

While some fans ponder this chicken nugget ordeal, others may be wondering why the star skipped the 2022 VMAs. However, Style’s reason for not attending was more than justified.

Harry Styles had a major conflict with the 2022 VMAs

Harry Styles won Album of the Year at the 2022 MTV VMAs for his album Harry’s House. Despite being nominated for eight awards, including Artist of the Year and Video of the Year for his song “As It Was,” the hit singer was absent from the awards show, per Hollywood Life. He had a concert at Madison Square Garden for his Love On Tour that same night. But he showed up anyway—virtually, that is.

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In a video address for MTV, Styles greeted fans and thanked them for his award. He said: “I know this is a fan-voted award. I want to say thank you to all my fans who voted. Thanks alot. I obviously wouldn’t be holding this if it wasn’t for you. After thanking those he’d worked with on the album, he concluded, “I’m sorry I can’t be with you tonight. I’ll go right down the street to the stage. But.” I hope you have a wonderful evening and thank you.”

Virtual price taking wasn’t really a thing before the COVID-19 pandemic. In the past, a friend or colleague accepted the award on behalf of the winner, such as when the 2003 co-producer of Lose Yourself accepted the Oscar for Best Original Song on behalf of Eminem. During the height of the pandemic, all acceptance speeches were held virtually, with people in hazmat suits bringing trophies to the homes of winners.