Tony Visconti responds to claim that “Harry Styles is the new David Bowie”

Tony Visconti has responded to the suggestion that Harry Styles is the new David Bowie, shutting down the claim that the former One Direction star is worthy of the comparison.

The American producer, known for being a lifelong collaborator with Bowie, took to Facebook in the early hours of this morning (February 6) to share his views on the 65th Annual Grammy Awards which took place in Los Angeles yesterday (February 5).

“What’s the difference between the Grammys and Las Vegas? Nothing!” he wrote as a status.

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He then followed up to share his view on Styles, who won Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for third solo album ‘Harry’s House’ and also performed his hit single ‘As It Was’ live.

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Harry Styles performs onstage during the 65th GRAMMY Awards at Crypto.com Arena on February 05, 2023 in Los Angeles, California (CREDIT: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy )

“Someone just told me that Harry Styles is the new Bowie?” Visconti added in his own comments. “From what I saw tonight he’s not worthy of shining in his shoes.”

Visconti’s partnership with Bowie spanned nearly 50 years, first collaborating on 1969’s ‘Space Oddity’ and working intermittently on 10 albums in total until final album ‘Blackstar’, released two days before the legendary musician’s death in January 2016.

Followers agreed with Visconti in the comments, with one writing: “There will NEVER be anyone that’s the new David Bowie he is in a class of his own always will be unique.”

Another added: “Thank you , thank you, thank you Tony for saying what so many of us are thinking.”

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One person also shared that they’d heard the same comparison upon the release of Styles’ debut self-titled solo album in 2017 and “immediately said ‘nope’. Bowie was one of a kind and irreplaceable”.

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David Bowie posing for a photo in 1971 to promote ‘Hunky Dory’. Credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

They continued: “That said, as the parent of a teen, I appreciate Harry. He inspired my daughter to learn to play music.”

Earlier this year, Visconti recalled a previously untold story about a “goosebumps” moment he experienced while recording Bowie‘s song ‘Weeping Wall’.

Last year, he also embarked on a UK tour called ‘Tony Visconti: The Best of Bowie’ where his band performed hits from Bowie’s back catalogue.

Meanwhile, the big four awards at the Grammys went to Styles (Album Of The Year), Lizzo (Record Of The Year), Bonnie Raitt (Song Of The Year) and Samara Joy (Best New Artist).

You can find the full list of winners here, and also check out the best moments from the 2023 awards here.

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Fans hit out after Aaron Carter, Gangsta Boo and more omitted from In Memoriam tribute segment at Grammys

Fans have expressed their disappointment after Aaron Carter, Gangsta Boo, Lil Keed and more were omitted from the In Memoriam tribute segment at last night’s (February 5) Grammys.

The 65th Annual Grammy Awards took place in Los Angeles, with Beyoncé and Harry Styles being the biggest winners at the event.

During the In Memoriam segment at the ceremony, a host of artists including Takeoff, Loretta Lynn, Christine McVie, Jeff Beck, Olivia Newton John, Coolio and Lisa Marie Presley were all recognised.

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But many pointed out that the likes of Carter, Boo and Keed were not included.

“Genuinely don’t understand why Aaron Carter was left out of the in memoriam.. he completely changed the teen pop music game, broke so many records, and truly paved the way for so many young pop stars that followed him,” wrote one fan about the pop star who was found dead at his home in California last November.

Another added: “Since the Grammys chose not include Aaron Carter’s picture while tributing the passed away singers. I’ll just post my own mini tribute because that’s so sad. Rest In Peace Aaron Carter #Grammys2023.”

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Carter’s former girlfriend and the mother of his son, Melanie Martin, told TMZ that she was “baffled” to learn of the exclusion.

Elsewhere, fans were also frustrated at the omission of Boo with one writing: “Leaving out Gangsta Boo, one of the pioneers of Southern female rap, from the GRAMMY memoriam segment is a sin and a shame.”

Another said: “Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop tonight and forgetting to include Gangsta Boo in the memorial video is disrespectful af @RecordingAcad.”

The Three 6 Mafia rapper died at the age of 43, in early January.

Many were upset at Keed’s omission too from the segment. He passed away last May.

“I agree #gangstaboo & #lilkeed should have both been mention in #GRAMMYs tribute,” one fan wrote, while another posted a picture of the late rapper and copied in the Grammys twitter handle.

During the section, Migos’ Quavo honoured his late bandmate and nephew Takeoff.

Joined by a choir, the rapper performed ‘Without You’, the track he had written and released in tribute to Takeoff shortly after his death last year. To Quavo’s left sat an empty stool and mic stand adorned with a big chain necklace.

Takeoff was shot and killed outside a bowling alley in Houston, Texas in November 2022.

Kacey Musgraves opened the In Memoriam segment, honouring Loretta Lynn. The star performed with an acoustic guitar emblazoned with Lynn’s name on the fretboard.

Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt and Mick Fleetwood closed out the moment with a performance of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Songbird’ in tribute to Christine McVie. Fleetwood played percussion while Crow played piano and swapped vocals with Raitt.

Meanwhile, Beyoncé took home the most awards this year at last night’s ceremony, making history by becoming the artist with the most Grammy wins of all time. She picked up awards including Best Dance/Electronic Recording, Best Dance/Electronic Music Album, Best Traditional R&B Performance and Best R&B Song.

The big four awards went to Styles (Album Of The Year), Lizzo (Record Of The Year), Bonnie Raitt (Song Of The Year) and Samara Joy (Best New Artist).

Further history was made when actor Viola Davis achieved EGOT status with her first Grammy win, while Kim Petras became the first transgender woman to win Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. She honoured late DJ and producer SOPHIE during her acceptance speech.

You can find the full list of winners here, and also check out the best moments from the 2023 awards here.

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Watch Wet Leg’s Grammys 2023 acceptance speech: “What are we doing here?”

Wet Leg picked up two awards at last night’s (February 5) 2023 Grammy Awards – Best Alternative Music Performance for ‘Chaise Longue’ and Best Alternative Album for their self titled debut LP.

As the band went to pick up the former, singer Rhian Teasdale seemed surprised by their victory. You can view footage below.

“This is so funny. What are we doing here? I dunno, but here we are,” she giggled before she added: “This year has been so surprising, starting this band has been such a surprise and being on the road. We couldn’t have done it without our amazing crew.”

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Shortly after the band were back up onstage to accept Best Alternative Album, which saw drummer Henry Holmes take to the stage.

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“This is just a magical evening,” he said while Teasdale and Hester Chambers giggled in the background. “There are so many people out there that we should thank and my mind has gone blank and I feel like I might wet myself. It’s all getting a bit much but thank you to everyone who has helped us do this.”

He then thanked his band members and added: “We’re one big fucked up family.” You can view footage below.

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Wet Leg’s self titled debut album was awarded five stars by the NME and described as “an instant classic debut that justifies the hype.”

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Meanwhile, Beyoncé took home the most awards this year at last night’s ceremony, making history by becoming the artist with the most Grammy wins of all time. She picked up awards including Best Dance/Electronic Recording, Best Dance/Electronic Music Album, Best Traditional R&B Performance and Best R&B Song.

The big four awards went to Styles (Album Of The Year), Lizzo (Record Of The Year), Bonnie Raitt (Song Of The Year) and Samara Joy (Best New Artist).

Further history was made when actor Viola Davis achieved EGOT status with her first Grammy win, while Kim Petras became the first transgender woman to win Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. She honoured late DJ and producer SOPHIE during her acceptance speech.

You can find the full list of winners here, and also check out the best moments from the 2023 awards here.

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(G)I-DLE’s Miyeon and Yuqi release ‘Sweet Dream’, a new song for Netflix K-drama ‘Love to Hate You’

(G)I-DLE members Miyeon and Yuqi have just released the song ‘Sweet Dream’, their contribution to the official soundtrack of Netflix K-drama Love to Hate You.

In the ‘Sweet Dream’ music video released earlier today (February 6), Miyeon and Yuqi  are seen recording the track in a studio, interspersed with clips from the drama. “I know your voice / When I look back at the voice calling me / Heaven unfolds before your eyes / My sweet dream”, Yuqi croons in the track.

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Love to Hate You follows the relationship between a rookie attorney who hates losing to men and a top actor who doesn’t trust women. The drama stars Kim Ok-vin (Arthdal Chronicles) as attorney Yeo Mi-ran and Teo Yoo (Vagabond) as top actor Nam Kang-ho. Starring alongside them are Kim Ji-hoon (Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area) and Go Won-hee (Welcome to Waikiki).

The drama is helmed by Kim Jung-kwon, best known for Lie After Lie, and penned by Choi Soo-young, who penned the script for My ID is Gangnam Beauty. Love to Hate You is premiering exclusively on Netflix on February 10.

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(G)I-DLE’s last release was their fifth mini-album ‘I Love’, which dropped on October 2022. That record was led by title track ‘Nxde’ and became the quintet’s first-ever entry on the Billboard 200, landing at Number 71 for the week of November 5.

In a three-star review, NME’s Tanu I. Raj wrote that the record sees “(G)I-DLE go from shackled ‘sculptures’ to self-aware, emotionally intelligent women, but unimaginative arrangements overshadow their progress.”

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Taylor Swift shows support for Harry Styles’ Grammys win

Taylor Swift was visibly supportive of Harry Styles‘ Grammy achievements at last night’s (February 5) ceremony.

The former One Direction singer took home the biggest Grammy of the night with the Album Of The Year award for his third solo album ‘Harry’s House’, along with Best Pop Vocal Album.

Styles was nominated in six categories total, including: Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Music Video for ‘As It Was’. The album also won Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

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Swift – who dated Styles between 2012-2013 – showed her support for the pop star with a standing ovation when he won the award for Best Pop Vocal Album.

Styles also performed his hit single ‘As It Was’ in a sparkling, silver-fringed jumpsuit, which saw Swift enthusiastically dancing along to the performance.

The pair were then seen chatting with each other during the ceremony, with The Hollywood Reporter also reporting that Swift and Styles hugged and spoke during Steve Lacy‘s performance. You can see more clips of Swift supporting the pop star below.

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Swift took home the Best Music Video Grammy for ‘All Too Well: The Short Film, and was nominated in the Song Of The Year category for ‘All Too Well’, Best Country Song for ‘I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault)’ and Best Song Written For Visual Media for ‘Carolina’.

Beyoncé, meanwhile, took home the most awards this year, making history by becoming the artist with the most Grammy wins of all time. She picked up awards including Best Dance/Electronic Recording, Best Dance/Electronic Music Album, Best Traditional R&B Performance and Best R&B Song.

The big four awards went to Styles (Album Of The Year), Lizzo (Record Of The Year), Bonnie Raitt (Song Of The Year) and Samara Joy (Best New Artist).

Further history was made when actor Viola Davis achieved EGOT status with her first Grammy win, while Kim Petras became the first transgender woman to win Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

You can find the full list of winners here, and also check out the best moments from the 2023 awards here.

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