Harry Styles of the band One Direction is guilty of singing pop songs, having floppy hair and causing millions of girls to fall in love with him — but that was enough to win him the “Villain of the Year” prize at the annual awards ceremony sponsored by the British music publication NME.
Thankfully, the singer can take a joke.
Taking to Twitter Wednesday night to thank the fans in Glasgow, Scotland for a great show, Styles tweeted, “And thank you to @NME for my award tonight. Gotta take the rough with the smooth eh?”
Among the people Styles beat out for the award were Skrillex, PSY and British prime minister David Cameron, who makes an appearance in One Direction’s new video “One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks).”
In addition to Styles’ individual award, One Direction was named Worst Band at the NME Awards, beating out Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Mumford & Sons and Muse.
These “awards” have, of course, gotten One Direction fans pretty riled up, and they’re now bombarding NME with angry letters and tweets denouncing the publication for dissing their boys. One fan described Styles, the lead singer, as “THE MOST SELFLESS NINETEEN YEAR OLD BOY IN THE…WORLD OF CELEBRITIES.”
Another fan tweeted, “HARRY SHOULDN’T HAVE WON VILLAIN OF THE HEAR HE SHOULD BE THE HERO OF THE YEAR CUZ HE DATED TAYLOR AND DUMPED HER A** BYE.”
NME has gleefully reprinted numerous letters and tweets, under the headline, “These One Direction Fans Are Really Angry.”