Twitter was a divided place after the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame introduced its slate of presenters for the 2019 induction class, due to the polarized, and simply plain confused, response to Harry Styles being picked to induct Stevie Nicks on the ceremony. Fleetwood Mac followers instantly sized up this little punk; One Direction followers typically had no concept what Nicks’s deal was; in the meantime, some well-informed music fanatics introduced their meme A game. Whether or not the match is sensible — the 2 do share comparable sonic paths, effortlessly transitioning from wildly standard bands to solo careers — the pairing isn’t truly as sudden as it would seem on paper. On the opposite, the 2 have a (transient) historical past.
Starting just a few quick years in the past, Nicks and Styles have blossomed into what can greatest be described as a long-lost son and mother relationship, one you'll be able to solely dream about with the assistance of too many melatonin tablets. (And/or crystal visions.) They’ve spoken admirably about one another in interviews, coated one another’s songs, and dabbled in a duet or two. It’s a newish relationship, however one which’s already introduced loads of pleasure. Here’s the way it all occurred.
Styles, in a 2017 Rolling Stone interview, reminisces about how he calmed his nerves and ready to satisfy Nicks for the primary time, backstage at a Fleetwood Mac live performance in London on her birthday in 2015: He introduced some cake, child! “Piped her identify onto it. She beloved it,” he stated. “Glad she appreciated carrot cake.” Styles’s sister, Gemma, was additionally there, and shared a photograph from the second she met Stevie on Instagram afterward.
Prior to that assembly, Styles had first come into Fleetwood Mac’s orbit the 12 months earlier when Mick Fleetwood took his teen daughters to a One Direction live performance the place, it seems, the majority of the fangirling was for Fleetwood. “At that time, the women are going, ‘Dad, simply don’t embarrass us! No dad-dancing,’” he recalled to the Mirror. “What occurred in entrance of my daughters was dad turned a famous person! They all wished to satisfy me! My ante obtained upped! All their songwriting workforce wished to satisfy me.” Funny sufficient, he and Styles went on to change into unlikely pen buddies: “That’s once I met Harry and he’s come to a few of our reveals. He writes to me from bizarre locations and has met Stevie. So, yeah, a humorous little relationship.”
Nicks fondly remembers Styles’s cake generosity, and provides the extent of how a lot her fellow bandmate, Mick Fleetwood, loves him. “Mick has type of adopted him,” she said. “There are simply girls in Mick’s household and Harry is that tall, lanky musical son he at all times wished, in order that they keep up a correspondence.”
That identical month, Styles embarks on an in depth worldwide tour in assist of his debut album. During one in every of his first stops in Los Angeles, he surprises the gang with the appearance of his “queen of everything” Nicks, and the 2 carry out his music “Two Ghosts,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide,” and Nicks’s “Leather and Lace” collectively. “I’m fairly certain that this was going to be up there with the most effective nights of my life,” he stated in his introduction. “If there was any doubt, I’m fairly certain I’d like to verify, in my whole life, I by no means thought I’d be capable of say this. Please welcome to the stage, Stevie Nicks.”
Styles sporadically covers Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” all through his tour. We’ll prevent the annoyance of watching a shaky fan-shot video in favor of this easy efficiency from the BBC Live Lounge.
Fleetwood Mac receives the distinction of MusiCares’ “Person of the Year,” a Grammys-adjacent award that acknowledges philanthropic musicians. Styles is available to fête and introduce the band for his or her mini-concert, and so they invite him to carry out “The Chain” by their aspect. He once more expresses disbelief to even be respiratory their identical air: “There are a number of issues I assumed I'd by no means be doing in my life. One is sharing the stage with these legends, not to mention having the distinction of introducing them to the stage.”
Asked about her timeless attraction to a more recent era of Fleetwood Mac followers in an interview with Rolling Stone, Nicks makes use of the chance to debate her relationship with Styles. They’re family-official now! “He’s Mick’s and my love youngster. When Harry got here into our lives, I stated, ‘Oh my God, that is the son I by no means had.’ So I adopted him,” she explains. “I like Harry, and I’m so pleased Harry made a rock and roll report — he may have made a pop report and that may have been the straightforward method for him. But I assume he determined he wished to be born in 1948, too. He made a report that was extra like 1975.”
Styles is announced because the presenter who’ll induct Nicks into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist. It’s unclear if Nicks personally chosen her “adopted” son to do the inducting, however both method, it’s fairly clear she’s not more likely to complain. And now, to await one other duet!