Tuesday 18 December 2018

Hozier and U2 on list of Grammy nominees


Dean Gray

Irish stars Hozier and U2 were on the list of Grammy Award nominees announced last night.

It's the first nomination for the Bray singer, while Bono and his bandmates celebrate their 47th nomination.

Hozier was named on the prestigious shortlist for song of the year for his hit 'Take Me to Church', while U2's 'Songs of Innocence' album, originally released for free to iTunes users, is up for best rock album.

Last night Hozier tweeted fans that he was "absolutely bowled over" by the nomination for song of the year. He went on to thank fans for their support.

British acts such as Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith are also in the running.

Smith has had huge success in the US and has won at least five nominations.

He is shortlisted for best pop vocal album, best pop solo and the prized record of the year with 'Stay With Me'.

The track faces Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off', Meghan Trainor's 'All About That Bass', Sia's 'Chandelier' and 'Fancy' by Iggy Azalea in that category.

Smith, who has been suggested as a contender to provide the title song for new Bond film 'Spectre', is also shortlisted for best new artist.

In the pop vocal album list, Smith's 'In The Lonely Hour' takes on Sheeran's 'x' and Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories', along with Katy Perry's 'Prism', 'Bangerz' by Miley Cyrus and 'My Everything' by Ariana Grande.

Sheeran was delighted with his inclusion, posting a message on Twitter which said: "Grammy nom and my album multiply has sold 3 million worldwide as of this morning. "Good start to the day, thanks for all the support and love."

U2's 'Songs of Innocence', will face other nominees including Beck, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Ryan Adams and the Black Keys for best rock album.

Beyonce has become the most Grammy nominated woman of all time with 47 nominations.

The 33-year-old singer earned a nod with her album 'Beyonce' up for Best Urban Contemporary Album, and it was enough for her overtake Dolly Parton.

Irish Independent

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