LEGENDARY singer Annie Lennox has described Hozier as “wise for his years” after they teamed up for a Grammy Awards duet last night.
However, she wasn’t always so keen to duet with the Bray man at the star-studded show in Los Angeles, admitting she had to be convinced that their collaboration would work out.
“I wasn’t quite seeing it, initially,” she said.
By the time the performance came around, though, it was clear the Take Me to Church singer had charmed his co-star.
“He’s such a grounded guy – he’s quite wise for his years,” she said.
Meanwhile, Hozier was apprehensive about their rehearsals for a very different reason.
“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,” Lennox said.
Hozier attended the glamorous ceremony with his brother, filmmaker Jon, by his side. However, he lost out on the Song of the Year title to Sam Smith.
Smith swept the board at the lavish event, and thanked an ex-boyfriend for the heartbreak that inspired such success.
The 22-year-old’s wins, including the two top awards of song and record of the year, eclipsed global superstars Beyonce and Pharrell Williams, who each walked away with three gongs compared to Smith’s four.
Describing the night as the best of his life, Smith had one special person to thank – the inspiration behind In The Lonely Hour which featured the massive hit Stay With Me.
He told the celebrity crowd gathered at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles: “I want to thank the man who this record is about, who I fell in love with last year. Thank you so much for breaking my heart because you got me four Grammys.”
Asked what could top this success he said: “A boyfriend would be nice,” adding he would like a man with patience who could clean all his Grammys.
Former busker Ed Sheeran, who performed with ELO’s Jeff Lynne, left empty-handed despite being nominated in both the best album, won by US singer Beck, and pop vocal album categories.
Other acts who took to the stage on the night included Chris Martin, Sir Paul McCartney who played with Kanye West and Rihanna, and Jessie J and Tom Jones.