After her induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this weekend, Stevie Nicks got former One Direction singer Harry Styles confused with a member of NSYNC.
All boy bands really are the same, aren’t they?
Styles is no Justin Timberlake, but that didn’t stop Nicks from forgetting just what he had done before he went solo with “Sign of the Times.”
"We met quite a long time ago actually, and what I really loved about Harry was that when he chose to make a solo record from NSYNC,” Nicks said. After murmurs and giggles from the audience, she corrected, "Sorry, not NSYNC. Sorry, I’m never gonna to live that one down, I know that. One Direction. I liked One Direction, too."
Stevie Nicks, god bless her soul, thought Harry Styles was in NSYNC pic.twitter.com/r4fUy2pSGJ— Maeve McDermott (@maeve_mcdermott) March 30, 2019
She went on to say that with his first solo album, Styles could’ve gone the safe route with pop. Instead, he took a chance on rock 'n' roll. Nicks, the former Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter, would know a thing or two about that.
She’s already been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of one of the world’s best-selling rock bands. Now, Nicks has been awarded for going solo. Her first studio album, “Bella Donna,” a collection of pop rock hits, topped the charts in 1981.
But if the 70-year-old confuses One Direction with NSYNC, we can’t blame her.
Ever since the Jackson 5 popularized the archetype in the ’70s, the boy band has sought to carry both childish charm and an impish hint at maturity. The styles may range from pop to R&B, as with the ‘90s bands Backstreet Boys and Boyz II Men.
Then, the 2010s brought us BTS, One Direction, and 5 Seconds of Summer — an actual One Direction doppelganger. If boy bands have evolved from the days of NSYNC, they’ve become more uniformly pop.
Other than that, they haven’t changed much. So if rock 'n' roll legend Stevie Nicks can’t tell the difference between the group that sang “This I Promise You” in 2000 and the Hollister models responsible for “Perfect,” we really can’t blame her.