Harry StylesAt the 2022 MTV VMAs, he was not there.

The “As It Was” singer, 28, was noticeably absent from the live award show on Aug. 28 due to aTake Love on Tour show at Madison Square Garden in New York City on the same night as the VMAs.

Harry—alongside Doja Cat and Jack Harlow—led the nominations for the VMAs with eight nods, including Song of the Summer, Video of the Year, Artist of the Year Best Pop. Though he did not attend the awards, he did record a video message accepting the silver-plated Moon Person for Album of the Year for his 2022 project, Harry’s House.

In his speech, he said “Hello VMAs.” It’s great to see you having fun. Harry. Thank you so much for your Album of the year award. This is an award that was voted for by fans. To all my supporters who voted, I want to thank them. I am so thankful. It’s obvious that I would hold it in my hands if you weren’t there.

Harry stated, “I want to thank Tom (and Tyler), who I made this album with and all those that worked with me on it.” I’m sorry can’t be with you tonight—about to go on stage just down the road. Thank you for a great evening.