the long holidays

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If your family makes the holidays suck, congrats! You’ve been adopted by my birds. Your dad is a cockatiel and dinner is millet. 

But seriously everyone, I hope your holidays are happy. You, and the support you’ve given this blog mean more than I can express. Thank you so much for being the best followers anyone could ever ask for. Each of you is undeniably awesome and I can’t wait to share 2016 with you. 

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Too many kisses! OVERLOAD!!

Shouto gets flustered very easily hehe

Harry + 2017:

  • Released his debut single, Sign of the Times, which went platinum in the U.S. and broke the record for fastest time to hit #1 on U.S. iTunes at 19 minutes
  • Was featured in and was on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, where he was interviewed by Cameron Crowe and talked about the importance of his largely female fanbase
  • Performed on the Today Show, where he requested that the stage be lowered so he could create an intimate show for the fans
  • Was the musical guest on the first episode of SNL that was broadcast live from coast-to-coast in the U.S.
  • Sold out his first solo worldwide tour in a record-breaking 29 seconds
  • Released a documentary, ‘Behind the Album’ on Apple Music, which shows him playing some of his songs at Abbey Road Studios. Full-length performances of all his songs would later be released on ‘Behind the Album: The Performances’ 
  • Released his debut self-titled album, which was well received by critics and was #1 in 87 counties. It is the highest first week sales for a British male’s debut album since 1991 and has been certified gold in six countries.
  • Did a week-long stint on ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden,’ where he participated in Carpool Karaoke and other skits, delivered one of the opening monologues, and performed a different song every night 
  • Covered The Sunday Times Magazine, where he personally reached out to the writer to arrange the interview
  • Announced a second tour in arena venues for 2018
  • Held secret shows in London, LA, and Mexico and donated all the proceeds to charity
  • During the LA show at the Troubadour, he performed with Stevie Nicks and they sang Two Ghosts, Landslide, and Leather and Lace together
  • Dedicated his show in Mexico to the victims of the Manchester attacks by doing an intimate acoustic set
  • Performed ‘Two Ghosts’ on ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden in London’ on a rooftop overlooking the city
  • Made his acting debut in the Christopher Nolan-directed film Dunkirk in a role for which he auditioned. With its success, he became the first person to have a #1 debut single, #1 debut album, and #1 debut movie
  • Performed in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge during its 50th anniversary special, where he covered ‘The Chain’ by Fleetwood Mac and ‘Wild Thoughts’ by Rihanna, DJ Khaled, and Bryson Tiller
  • Performed at the Grammy Museum, where he was also interviewed on his songwriting process
  • Began his debut tour in September in front of a sold-out San Francisco crowd 
  • Recorded acoustic versions of ‘Two Ghosts’ and a cover of ‘Girl Crush’ by Little Big Town for the first ever U.K. version of Spotify Sessions
  • Released a music video for Kiwi, which features young kids, a food fight, and puppies (lol). He was reportedly heavily involved in the creative process of the video
  • Had his own hour-long special, ‘Harry Styles at the BBC,’ where he sang his songs and had fun roaming his hometown with his good friend
  • Performed ‘Two Ghosts’ at the Industry Trust Awards honoring Sony CEO Rob Stringer  
  • Returned to his roots, the X-Factor stage, to perform Kiwi
  • Opened the Victoria Secret Fashion Show and performed twice
  • Was nominated for two MTV VMAs 
  • Was announced as a performer at the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute where Fleetwood Mac will be honored
  • Was in conversation for multiple Grammy Awards (among other music awards), while Dunkirk was nominated for 3 Golden Globe Awards, including Best Picture - Drama
  • Announced that he is scheduled to perform at Madison Square Garden twice in 2018, with the second show being added due to high demand 
  • Added more seats to his 2018 North American tour dates to create a 360 setup and added an extra show at Hersheypark Stadium in Pennsylvania
  • Won the ARIA for Best International Artist, his first award as a solo artist, and performed at the award show     
  • Performed his first arena show at Auckland’s Spark Arena in New Zealand
  • Hosted an entire episode of ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’ with just three hours’ notice after Corden’s wife went into labor

End of year accolades:

  • #2 on Spotify’s Biggest Breakthrough Artists
  • #1 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 50 Best Songs of 2017 - Sign of the Times
  • #87 on Pitchfork’s 100 Best Songs of 2017 - Sign of the Times
  • #8 on Billboard’s 100 Best Songs of 2017 - Sign of the Times
  • #27 on NPR’s 100 Best Songs of 2017 - Sign of the Times
  • #10 on Billboard’s 50 Best Albums of 2017 - Harry Styles
  • #5 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 20 Best Pop Albums of 2017 - Harry Styles
  • #13 on Fuse’s 20 Best Albums of 2017 - Harry Styles
  • #4 on GQ’s Best-Dressed Men 2018
  • #1 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s Reader’s Poll: 10 Best Albums of 2017 - Harry Styles
  • #33 on Complex’s 50 Best Albums of 2017 - Harry Styles
  • #21 on Consequence of Sound’s Top 50 Songs of 2017 - Sign of the Times
  • #6 on TIME Magazine’s Top Ten Albums of 2017 - Harry Styles
  • #8 on The Most Shazamed 2017 Songs - Sign of the Times
  • #17 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 50 Best Albums of 2017 - Harry Styles
  • #11 on The Genius Community’s 50 Best Albums of 2017 - Harry Styles
  • #3 on Rob Sheffield’s Top 20 Albums of 2017 - Harry Styles
  • #13 on Rob Sheffield’s Top 25 Songs of 2017 - Two Ghosts
  • #10 on Billboard’s 25 Best Rock Albums of 2017 - Harry Styles
  • #1 on Billboard’s 25 Best Rock Songs of 2017 - Sign of the Times
  • #9 on Interview Magazine’s 10 Best Songs of 2017 - Woman

Most importantly, he achieved all of this while promoting kindness (and being kind himself), embracing love in all forms, encouraging originality, being authentic and unapologetic with his music and stage presence, pushing the boundaries of pop music, never ceasing to show love to his fans, working extremely hard and making no excuses, and having a bit of fun. 

You’ve got a bright future ahead, kid, and I can’t wait to see what you accomplish next 

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Merry (late) Smissmas @astral-glass!
I was your Secret Santa and I deliver your gift in Valve time! 
I hope getting attacked by a rabid raccoon falls somewhere within the definition of something nice and holiday themed.

Thanks for organizing this year’s Secret Santa and I hope you had great holidays and a Happy New Year :)