Over the past decade, Harry Styles has become one of the biggest names in pop music. After first becoming a teen sensation as a member of chart-topping boy band One Direction, Styles began releasing his own solo music that won fans across genres and catapulted him into a new level of stardom.
In the world of music, it’s not uncommon for artists to team up with other popular artists to gain more exposure for their work. However, Styles has managed to climb the charts effortlessly without relying on such partnerships. This speaks volumes about his power as a solo artist in today’s music industry.
Despite this, Styles has delivered remarkable performances with some of the biggest names in the industry, often surprising audiences with unexpected appearances from his friends. Ahead, we bring you a list of Styles’ most unforgettable on-stage collaborations, all of which have made pop culture history due to the impressive roster of artists involved.
Styles brought the ultimate collab to his Coachella set last year. During his headlining performance at Coachella in Indio, California on April 15, Styles brought surprise guest Shania Twain on stage. The ’90s country music icon sang two of her biggest hits with Styles: ‘Man! I Feel Like a Woman’ and ‘You’re Still the One,’ both from her 1997 album Come On Over. Twain sang ‘Man! I Feel Like a Woman’ with Styles on backup vocals, and the two sang ‘You’re Still the One’ as a duet.
Styles, who was wearing a multicolored plunging sequin jumpsuit, thanked Twain, who wore a coordinating sequined minidress, for teaching him “how to sing” when he was a child.
Styles headlined Coachella again following his debut performance at the festival with Shania Twain in April 2022. During his second set at the festival, Styles brought out Lizzo as a special guest for a joint cover of Gloria Gaynor’s 1978 hit ‘I Will Survive’ and the One Direction single ‘What Makes You Beautiful‘. The two walked out in matching faux-fur coats and gave us a pop culture moment to be remembered for years to come. Not only this, Styles had also performed with Lizzo at the latter’s concert in Miami, Florida in January 2020.
In 2019, Styles celebrated the release of his album Fine Line with a special performance at The Forum in Los Angeles—and brought out a surprise guest! During the one-night-only event the singer performed songs from his second solo album, including nine that he sang live for the first time. The ‘As It Was’ hitmaker brought out Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac for a surprise duet of her song ‘Landslide.’
Prior to this performance, Nicks and Styles had also honored the late Tom Petty during the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in March 2019. At the NYC event, the duo took the stage to sing ‘Stop Draggin‘ My Heart Around’—the first single from Nicks’ 1981 debut solo album Bella Donna. Petty co-wrote the tune and also sang with Nicks on the track. Sadly, the legendary singer died at 66 in 2017 due to an accidental overdose.
The Rock Hall tweeted a video of Nicks and Styles performing the special song, adding, “This one’s for Tom.” In the clip, Nicks is seen passionately crooning while Styles strums a guitar before joining in on the singing. That same night, Styles introduced Nicks as one of the inductees with a heartwarming address in which he praised her for “creating stories that flowed from her heart to her pen, which ended up in our souls, with characters we’d always remember.”
Although Nicks accidentally mistook the former One Directioner for a member of *NSYNC—which is now a big internet joke—the two had wonderful chemistry on stage and even posed with each other for pictures after the show.
When Kacey Musgraves was tapped as an opener for part of Harry Styles’ Live on Tour concert dates in 2018, it came as a surprise for many country fans. What many didn’t realise is that both Musgraves and Styles shared a love for Shania Twain, which resulted in something magical. Their duet version of Twain’s 1997 hit ‘Still the One,’ which was first performed during a tour date at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, earned headlines when fans’ videos of the on-stage collaboration were posted online.