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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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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Watch Madonna introduce Kim Petras and Sam Smith at 2023 Grammys

Madonna introduced Kim Petras and Sam Smith for their performance at the 2023 Grammys last night (February 5) with a speech about controversy.

The two artists reunited on stage to deliver a fiery performance of their hit single ‘Unholy’ at the annual awards show.

Before they took to the stage, Madonna made an appearance, asking the crowd: “Are you ready for a little controversy? Here’s what I’ve learned after four decades in music. If they call you shocking, scandalous, troublesome, problematic, provocative or dangerous, you are definitely onto something.

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“I’m here to give thanks to all the rebels out there, forging a new path and taking the heat for all of it. All you troublemakers out there need to know that your fearlessness does not go unnoticed. You are seen, you are heard and, most of all, you are appreciated.”

She concluded: “So now, speaking of controversy, it gives me great pleasure to introduce two incredibly talented artists who have risen above the noise, the doubt, the critics into something beautifully unholy. Here are two Grammy award winners, Sam Smith and Kim Petras.”

Petras and Smith then took over, with Smith donning red leather and performing with gyrating dancers, while Petras performed from a cage paraded around by dancers with whips as fire sizzled behind them. Watch footage of the moment below.

Earlier in the night, the pair won the award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, making Petras the first transgender woman to win the accolade. In her acceptance speech, she paid tribute to late DJ and producer SOPHIE, along with Madonna and her mother.

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Elsewhere at the 2023 Grammys, Beyoncé made history by becoming the most decorated artist at the ceremony. The star surpassed classical musician Georg Solti’s record of 31 Grammys tonight. Lizzo also declared Beyoncé “the artist of our lives” as she won Record Of The Year.

Bad Bunny opened the show with a vibrant performance of two songs from ‘Un Verano Sin Ti’, while Migos’ Quavo honoured his late bandmate and nephew Takeoff during the In Memoriam segment. A star-studded celebration of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary also took place, featuring LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes and more.

An Iranian singer-songwriter took home the inaugural Best Song For Social Change Award, which seeks to honour songs that respond to current issues and hold the potential for positive global impact.

Earlier tonight, Viola Davis achieved EGOT status with her Grammy win. Harry Styles also took home several trophies, including Album Of The Year, while Jay-Z, DJ Khaled and more wrapped up the ceremony with a stunning performance of ‘God Did’.

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Harry Styles wins Album Of The Year at 2023 Grammys: “This doesn’t happen to people like me very often”

Harry Styles won Album Of The Year at the 2023 Grammys tonight (February 5) for his third solo album ‘Harry’s House’.

The star was one of the big winners at this year’s event, which took place at the crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.

The final award of the year went to Styles, bringing his total of awards for the night to three. He also collected awards for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

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“I’ve been so, so inspired by every artist in this category with me at a lot of different times in my life,” Styles said while accepting Artist Of The Year. “I listen to everyone in this category when I’m alone.

“I think on nights like tonight, it’s obviously so important for us to remember there’s no such thing as best in music. I don’t think any of us sit in the studio making decisions based on what is gonna get us one of these. This is really, really kind. I’m so, so grateful. This doesn’t happen to people like me very often and this is so, so nice. Thank you very much.”

Earlier in the evening, Styles also performed his hit single ‘As It Was’ on the Grammys stage. Joined by dancers, the star appeared in a silver hassled jumpsuit to dance on a raised red circular stage. After the song ended, he received a standing ovation from the crowd.

Elsewhere at the 2023 Grammys, Beyoncé made history by becoming the most decorated artist at the ceremony. The star surpassed classical musician Georg Solti’s record of 31 Grammys tonight. Lizzo also declared Beyoncé “the artist of our lives” as she won Record Of The Year.

Bad Bunny opened the show with a vibrant performance of two songs from ‘Un Verano Sin Ti’, while Migos’ Quavo honoured his late bandmate and nephew Takeoff during the In Memoriam segment. A star-studded celebration of hip-hop’s 50th anniversary also took place, featuring LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes and more.

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An Iranian singer-songwriter took home the inaugural Best Song For Social Change Award, which seeks to honour songs that respond to current issues and hold the potential for positive global impact.

Earlier tonight, Viola Davis achieved EGOT status with her Grammy win, while Kim Petras paid tribute to SOPHIE as she became the first trans woman to win Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

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RAYE installs album artwork display outside former label’s office

RAYE has celebrated the release of her debut album ‘My 21st Century Blues’ by building an installation of the structure on the cover outside her former record label’s office.

The artist has had a hard-fought battle to release her debut album. Despite signing a four-album deal with Polydor in 2014, she claimed in 2021 that the label prevented her from releasing an album, and three weeks later, was released from her contract.

Now, with her debut finally out, RAYE marked the occasion by building an installation of the structure on the artwork of ‘My 21st Century Blues’ outside the Polydor office. “Maybe I was petty and built this installation in front of my old record label,” she said in a TikTok.  The video was accompanied by the caption, “I find myself in a great position,” in an inversion of the lyric “I find myself in a shit position,” from her recent Number One hit ‘Escapism’.

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In a four-star review of ‘My 21st Century Blues’, NME wrote: RAYE recently said that [her] bold and brave declarations wouldn’t have been released had she still been signed to a major label. Granted her creative independence, though, the hard-fought ‘My 21st Century Blues’ is unequivocally RAYE from start to finish.”

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I find myself in a great position 😭🫀#my21stcenturyblues #m21cb #raye #escapism

♬ Escapism. – Super Sped Up – RAYE

RAYE also recently spoke out about her “dangerous” experience of substance abuse in the past, which stemmed from her experiences of sexual assault and her unhappiness about her career. A lyric from her song ‘Ice-Cream Man’ revealed that she had been sexually assaulted by an unnamed producer.

“When you keep things in like that, they eat away at you from the inside,” RAYE told the BBC in an interview. “And for me, sadly, substance abuse was entangled with numbing the trauma that I had experienced.”

She continued: “I got pretty deep in and it got really dangerous at one point.”

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