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Hozier beats James Bay and Tori Kelly to be named Artist of the Year at VH1 awards

Elaine McCahill

Published 14/11/2015 | 08:58

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Singer Hozier performs onstage during the VH1 Big Music in 2015: You Oughta Know Concert at The Armory Foundation on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for VH1)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Singer Hozier performs onstage during the VH1 Big Music in 2015: You Oughta Know Concert at The Armory Foundation on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for VH1)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Singer Hozier performs onstage during the VH1 Big Music in 2015: You Oughta Know Concert at The Armory Foundation on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for VH1)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Singer Hozier receives an award onstage during the VH1 Big Music in 2015: You Oughta Know Concert at The Armory Foundation on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Manny Carabel/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Singer Hozier performs onstage during the VH1 Big Music in 2015: You Oughta Know Concert at The Armory Foundation on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Manny Carabel/WireImage)

The accolades keep rolling in for Hozier, as he was named VH1 Artist of the Year at the Big Music in 2015: You Oughta Know concert in New York.

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The Bray native was up against Tori Kelly and James Bay, but fans voted for the Take Me to Church singer to take away the top award.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Singers Hozier (L) and Tori Kelly perform onstage during the VH1 Big Music in 2015: You Oughta Know Concert at The Armory Foundation on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for VH1)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Singers Hozier (L) and Tori Kelly perform onstage during the VH1 Big Music in 2015: You Oughta Know Concert at The Armory Foundation on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for VH1)

"Thank you so much to the fans who were obviously voting," Hozier said during his speech.

"They surprise me, and they overwhelm me every day."

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: L- R (Front Row) Casey Harris, Rachel Platten, Tori Kelly,Mel B, Miguel, Nate Ruess, Elle King, (Back Row) Sam Harris, Hozier, James Bay, George Ezra, Noah Feldshuh, and Adam Levin pose backstage at the VH1 Big Music in 2015: You Oughta Know Concert at The Armory Foundation on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for VH1)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: L- R (Front Row) Casey Harris, Rachel Platten, Tori Kelly,Mel B, Miguel, Nate Ruess, Elle King, (Back Row) Sam Harris, Hozier, James Bay, George Ezra, Noah Feldshuh, and Adam Levin pose backstage at the VH1 Big Music in 2015: You Oughta Know Concert at The Armory Foundation on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for VH1)

The award is the cherry on top of an incredible year for Hozier, as not only was he nominated for a Grammy, he also won two Billboard Music awards and an Ivor Novello and Take Me To Church has gone platinum five times in the US.

However, the 25-year-old has been on the road with the same album for well over a year now and admitted he is emotionally drained.

"It's so easy to look forward when you're travelling, you spend your life looking forward," he said.

"You're constantly thinking, 'What's next? When do I get time to work on my music again? Or when do I get time to get my normal quote- unquote life back?'

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Hozier attends VH1's
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Hozier attends VH1's "Big Music In 2015: You Oughta Know" at The Foundation on November 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/FilmMagic)

"You feel emotionally drained, you miss home, you miss an anonymity too, but ultimately it's fantastic, it's part of the dream."

While many stars would like to turn back time, Hozier - full name Andrew Hozier Byrme - said he hated being a teenager.

"Being 16 is the worst time to be anybody - there's not enough tea in China to persuade me to be that young again. I wasn't very happy with myself," he said.

The singer began a degree in music at Trinity College but decided to drop out and follow his dream, he told the Belfast Telegraph.

Following a break-up, he moved back in with his parents and got to work recording his now iconic debut album in their attic.

"I needed to distract myself, but very few songs on the album are actually about the break-up. I think at that stage maybe I was still processing a lot of feelings," he said.

Hozier's fans are anxiously waiting for new material, and he can't wait to "fall off the map" when he finishes his current tour next year.

While he has thousands of women screaming his name at concerts, Hozier said his lifestyle isn't conducive to finding a girlfriend.

"I don't experience myself in that way. I was never that person in school who was desired," he said. "I live on a bus, so it's kind of like, 'Form an orderly queue, ladies'."

Hozier will play the INEC in Killarney on December 21, and tickets go on sale on Thursday. He will also perform at the 2fm Xmas Ball 2015 at the 3Arena on December 23.

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