David Bowie’s producer Tony Visconti rejects comparisons to Harry Styles

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Harry Styles may be one of the defining artists of his generation, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s qualified to eclipse, say, David Bowie. Tony Visconti, the producer who worked closely with Ziggy Stardust himself, had a scathing response to someone who suggested the former One Direction member was Bowie’s caliber: ‘He’s not worthy of shining his shoes’ .

The rant stemmed from a since-closed Facebook post Visconti had posted during last night’s Grammys: “What’s the difference between the Grammys and Las Vegas? Nothing!” he wrote. He then took the comments to voice his further grievances: “Did someone just tell me that Harry Styles is the new Bowie? From what I’ve seen tonight he’s not worthy of shining his shoes.” Phew.

Visconti’s critique may have been a scalding one, but we bet Styles is feeling pretty good regardless. He just took home the coveted Album of the Year Grammy for his latest LP Harry’s House, beating ABBA, Adele, Bad Bunny, Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Brandi Carlile, Coldplay, Kendrick Lamar, AND Lizio.

“Man, I’ve been so, so inspired by every artist in this category with me,” a stunned Styles said in his acceptance speech. “At many different times in my life, I listen to everyone in this category when I’m alone. I think on nights like this it’s obviously very important for us to remember that there is no ‘best’ in music. I don’t think any of us sit in the studio thinking, making decisions based on what one of these is going to bring us. This is really, really nice. I’m so, so grateful… This doesn’t happen very often to people like me, and it’s so, so beautiful. A thousand thanks.”

Earlier in the evening, Styles also performed the Harry’s house the lead single “As It Was”, which was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. She lost out in those categories, but hey, she only needs three more Grammys to match Bowie’s total. See Visconti’s post via screenshot below.

Check out the full list of last night’s Grammy winners here. If you want to judge for yourself whether or not Styles is the new Bowie, head to StubHub for tickets to his remaining “Love on Tour” dates, and revisit our recap of his opening night at Madison Square Garden in August.

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