Sunday 21 January 2018

'I wasn't feeling it initially' - How the Grammys got Annie Lennox to duet with Hozier

Musicians Hozier (L) and Annie Lennox pose backstage during The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the Staples Center on February 5, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage)
Musicians Hozier (L) and Annie Lennox pose backstage during The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the Staples Center on February 5, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage)
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Hozier performs at the 106.7 KROQ Pre GRAMMY Party At The GRAMMY Museum
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Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Legendary singer Annie Lennox said she had to be convinced to perform with Irish singer Hozier.

The rising star from Bray, whose song Take Me To Church is nominated for Song of the Year will take to the stage with the Scottish icon tonight

But Lennox said she had to be convinced at first to perform with him.

Read more: 'I am bigger than just one song', says Grammy-nominated Hozier

Hozier performs at the 106.7 KROQ Pre GRAMMY Party At The GRAMMY Museum
Hozier performs at the 106.7 KROQ Pre GRAMMY Party At The GRAMMY Museum

I wasn't quite seeing it, initially," she told USA Today. "I said, when we get into a room together, we're going to know if it works."

"I think he was a little nervous, to be honest with you. I'm always a little bemused by that, because I'm really not anybody to be afraid of."

It was after that first practice at the Staples Center, she said she knew there was a special connection and agreed to the much talked about performance.

 

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While the song list is being kept under lock and key, Lennox did divulge, "Gospel and blues is the basis of both those songs. That's the interface."

And she praised the up and comer, who was undoubtedly music's most talked about star of 2014, for his dedication; in particular, the impact Take Me To Church had.

"[He's] such a grounded guy — he's quite wise for his years," she added, 

"Sweet Dreams was something like that, so I do know something about that and I do know about how it can last your whole life."

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