David Bowie’s long-time producer rejects comparison to Harry Styles…
A comparison between Harry Styles and David Bowie recently sparked controversy after the former One Direction member won the Grammy for Album of the Year.
Many fans saw similarities between the two musicians, but Bowie’s producer, Tony Visconti, strongly disagreed.
The 78-year-old record producer, who had worked closely with Bowie throughout his career, took to Facebook to express his thoughts on the matter.
Visconti wrote, “Someone just told me that Harry Styles is the new Bowie? From what I saw tonight, he’s not worthy of shining his shoes.” He added, “There will never be anyone that’s the new David Bowie. He is in a class of his own [and] will always be unique.”
Styles accepted his award at the Crypto.com Arena on Monday night and delivered a speech to the crowd.
“I think on nights like tonight, it’s obviously so important for us to remember there’s no such thing as best in music,” he said. “I don’t think any of us sit in the studio making decisions based on what is gonna get us one of these.” He added, “This is really, really kind. I’m so, so grateful.”
However, one part of his speech caused a stir on social media.
Styles said, “This doesn’t happen to people like me very often and this is so, so nice. Thank you very much.”
Some Twitter users felt that this statement was inappropriate and responded on Twitter:
One person wrote, “There’s other minorities who things like that never happen to even though they have worked above and beyond and done the same things as him or even more.” Another person commented, “Harry Styles saying, ‘This doesn’t happen to people like me very often’ after he’s never claimed the LGBT community and had a gf for the better part of a decade, and it feels like just profiting off looking queer but not actually coming out really rubs me the wrong way.”