Harry Styles Skipped The 2016 Billboard Music Awards & It Was Upsetting

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 04: Recording artist Harry Styles of music group One Direction performs onstage during 102.7 KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball 2015 Presented by Capital One at STAPLES CENTER on December 4, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
Source: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

He shocked us all recently with his brand new short haircut, after not-so-subtly hinting towards the change with a photo of a chopped off pony tail on Instagram. The man knows how to keep us guessing. And he kept us guessing tonight, as Harry Styles at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards was a no show. Sad.

I don't know about you, but I was waiting with bated breath to see Harry's hair up close and in HD. Up until now, it's been incredibly difficult to get a clear glimpse of his new style, save for pixelated paparazzi shots, blurred out images, and the now infamous (and decidedly frustrating) hat/haircut combo.

The Billboard Music Awards would have been Harry's first real public appearance post-haircut, and I'm sure everyone would have lost their minds. He is much beloved for his style, though, too. At last year's Billboard Awards, Harry showed up with his One Direction mates sporting a silky, tie-front black shirt with a black blazer. Suave indeed. In 2015, the group took home the award for Top Duo/Group, as well as Top Touring Artist. This year they were up for awards in the same two categories.

For now, we'll have to look back fondly at last year's show, and Harry's tousled look.

So tousled. So suave!

Lookin' good.

So dashing! Hopefully Harry and his mates will be working on a new album soon, and making more appearances together. Fingers crossed!

Must Reads