Belated Happy Birthday Hozier & A Look Back At His Other Voices Special!

Yesterday was a big Birthday for the amazing Irish singer/songwriter Hozier who turned 25! Happy Birthday to him! In celebration let’s look at three of his cracking tunes:

Take Me To Church

To Be Alone

Angel of Small Death & The Codeine Scene

Recently Hozier appeared on Other Voices which was his first TV show appearance when he was starting out. The show is presented by the also very handsome actor and presenter Aidan Gillen

Speaking about his first appearance, Hozier said,

“I remember in the soundcheck my voice was starting to go. I was freaking out… trying to drink ginger lemon tea. I was in a terrible state of panic the whole day.”

On the topic of his amazing and well-deserved success he said,

“I thought I had many years of work ahead. In Ireland it is crazy – the level of support is insane. I didn’t imagine anything like that for a long time. It’s a hell of a lot busier – there are a lot of new experiences.”

Speaking about performing he said,

“I’m much more comfortable on stage now. On Other Voices, I was dropped into a learning curve of performance. ‘How the hell do you articulate that music on stage?’ I didn’t have the equipment to make that happen.”

On the success of the amazing Take Me To Church he said,

“I was proud of it and excited – I had managed to get all these ideas into that song. I didn’t see a top 10 hit. I hoped maybe people would like it or appreciate it.”

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Sam Smith Clears Up At The Grammys While Boyhood Scoops Top Award At The Baftas!

It’s been a whirlwind of awards ceremonies recently with some of music’s finest turning up for the Grammys in America and some of the acting greats turning up at the Baftas in England. The talent, the performances, the style … it’s been another glittering year for these two prestigious ceremonies. Let’s take a look at the highlights starting with the Grammys.

The Grammys

Sam Smith’s Four Wins And Performance With Mary J Blige

I am so happy for Sam Smith on his four Grammy wins. Sometimes the big winners at some of these ceremonies can be very hyped up acts but this year a true singer came out on top. Winning Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album, Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Speaking after winning his final award for Record of the Year, Smith (22) said,

“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.”

He later said of the man who inspired the record,

“I’ll be seeing him soon. So I can let him touch the Grammy — once.”

Hozier’s Nomination And Annie Lennox Duet

So proud of our very own Hozier who was nominated for Song Of The Year for Take Me To Church on the night and performed Take Me To Church and I Put a Spell on You with Annie Lennox. Stunning.

AC/DC Open The Show

One of rock’s finest AC/DC opened the show to perfection with tons of energy.

John Legend, Common and Beyoncé Perform

Stunning and emotive performance by John Legend, Common and Beyoncé about the rights of people of colour.

And the style:

Most Stylish Men on The Night

Sam Smith

Hozier

Best Female Style

Charlie XCX

Katy Perry

Full List of Winners

Record of the Year
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”
Steve Fitzmaurice, Rodney Jerkins & Jimmy Napes, producers; Steve Fitzmaurice, Jimmy Napes & Steve Price, engineers/mixers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer Label: Capitol Records; Publishers: Sony/ATV Songs LLC obo Naughty Worlds Ltd./Universal-Polygram Int. Tunes, Inc. obo Salli Isaak Songs, Ltd./Universal Polygram Int. Tunes, Inc. obo Method Paperwork

Song of the Year
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version)”
James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith, songwriters

Album of the Year
Beck – Morning Phase
Beck Hansen, producer; Tom Elmhirst, David Greenbaum, Florian Lagatta, Cole Marsden Greif-Neill, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, Cassidy Turbin & Joe Visciano, engineers/mixers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer

Best New Artist
Sam Smith

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
A Great Big World With Christina Aguilera – “Say Something”

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – Cheek To Cheek

Best Pop Solo Performance
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”

Best Pop Vocal Album
Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour

Best Rock Performance
Jack White – “Lazaretto”

Best Rock Album
Beck – Morning Phase

Best Rock Song
Paramore – “Ain’t It Fun”
Hayley Williams & Taylor York, songwriters

Best Alternative Rock Album
St. Vincent – St. Vincent

Best Metal Performance
Tenacious D – “The Last In Line”

Best Rap Performance
Kendrick Lamar – “I”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Eminem Featuring Rihanna – “The Monster”

Best Rap Song
Kendrick Lamar – “I”
K. Duckworth & C. Smith, songwriters

Best Rap Album
Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP2

Best R&B Performance
Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z – “Drunk In Love”

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Jesus Children”
Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Best R&B Song
Beyoncé Featuring Jay Z – “Drunk In Love”
Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyoncé Knowles, Timothy Mosely, Andre Eric Proctor & Brian Soko, songwriters

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Pharrell Williams – Girl

Best R&B Album
Toni Braxton & Babyface – Love, Marriage & Divorce

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer – Bass & Mandolin

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Aphex Twin – Syro

Best Dance Recording
Clean Bandit Featuring Jess Glynne – “Rather Be”

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media
Frozen
Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Tom MacDougall & Chris Montan, compilation producers

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat, composer

Best Song Written for Visual Media
“Let It Go” from Frozen
Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Idina Menzel)

Best Country Album
Miranda Lambert – Platinum

Best Country Solo Performance
Carrie Underwood – “Something In The Water”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
The Band Perry – “Gentle On My Mind”

Best Country Song
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You”
Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond, songwriters (Glen Campbell)

Best Bluegrass Album
The Earls Of Leicester – The Earls Of Leicester

Best American Roots Performance
Rosanne Cash – “A Feather’s Not A Bird”

Best American Roots Song
Rosanne Cash – “A Feather’s Not A Bird”

Best Americana Album
Rosanne Cash – The River & The Thread

Best Folk Album
Old Crow Medicine Show – Remedy

Best Music Video
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”

Best Music Film
20 Feet From Stardom
Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill
Morgan Neville, video director; Gil Friesen & Caitrin Rogers, video producers
We Are From LA, video director; Kathleen Heffernan, Solal Micenmacher, Jett Steiger, video producers

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
Max Martin
“Bang Bang” (Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj)
“Break Free” (Ariana Grande Featuring Zedd)
“Dark Horse” (Katy Perry Featuring Juicy J)
“Problem” (Ariana Grande Featuring Iggy Azalea)
“Shake It Off” (Taylor Swift)
“Unconditionally” (Katy Perry)

Best Instrumental Composition
John Williams – “The Book Thief”

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella
Pentatonix – “Daft Punk”

Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals
Billy Childs – “New York Tendaberry”

Best Recording Package
Jeff Ament, Don Pendleton, Joe Spix & Jerome Turner, art directors
Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package
Susan Archie, Dean Blackwood & Jack White, art directors
The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27)

Best Album Notes
Ashley Kahn
John Coltrane – Offering: Live At Temple University

Best Historical Album
Colin Escott & Cheryl Pawelski, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer
Hank Williams – The Garden Spot Programs, 1950

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Beck – Morning Phase
Tom Elmhirst, David Greenbaum, Florian Lagatta, Cole Marsden Greif-Neill, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, Cassidy Turbin & Joe Visciano, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
Tijs Michiel Verwest, remixer
John Legend – “All Of Me (Tiesto’s Birthday Treatment Remix)”

Best Surround Sound Album
Beyoncé – Beyoncé
Elliot Scheiner, surround mix engineer; Bob Ludwig, surround mastering engineer; Beyoncé Knowles, surround producer

Best Regional Roots Music Album
Jo-El Sonnier – The Legacy

Best Reggae Album
Ziggy Marley – Fly Rasta

Best World Music Album
Angelique Kidjo – Eve

Best Children’s Album
Neela Vaswani – I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World (Malala Yousafzai)

Best Musical Theatre Album
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Jason Howland, Steve Sidwell & Billy Jay Stein, producers (Carole King, composer & lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast)

Best Blues Album
Johnny Winter – Step Back

Best Spoken Word Album
Joan Rivers – Diary Of A Mad Diva

Best Comedy Album
“Weird Al” Yankovic – Mandatory Fun

Best New Age Album
Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman – Winds Of Samsara

Best Improved Jazz Solo
Chick Corea – “Fingerprints”

Best Jazz Vocal Album
Dianne Reeves – Beautiful Life

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Chick Corea Trio – Trilogy

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – Life In The Bubble

Best Latin Jazz Album
Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra – The Offense Of The Drum

Presented By: LL Cool J

The Baftas

Boyhood Wins Best Picture

Boyhood collected the Best Picture award on the night and looks set for Oscar glory.

Stephen Fry’s Kiss-athon

The host Stephen Fry had a kiss-athon on the night sharing kisses with Michael Norton, Edward Norton and Cuba Gooding Jr.

Kasabian Open The Show

The wonderful Kasabian opened the show brilliantly.

Jack O’ Connell Wins Rising Star Award

Actor Jack O’ Connell follows in the footsteps of James McAvoy (who presented him with the award) and Ben Whishaw by winning this prestigious award.

Eddie Redmayne And Julianne Moore Win Leading Acting Awards

Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore look set for Oscar glory adding the Bafta to their collections.

And the style:

Best Male Style

Stephen Fry And Elliott Spencer

Douglas Booth

Best Female Style

Julie Walters

Keira Knightley

Full List of Winners

Best film
Boyhood Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland

Best actress
Julianne Moore Still Alice

Best actor
Eddie Redmayne The Theory of Everything

Best director
Richard Linklater Boyhood

EE rising star award (voted for by the public)
Jack O’Connell

Best costume design
The Grand Budapest Hotel Milena Canonero

Best adapted screenplay
The Theory of Everything Anthony McCarten

Best film not in the English language
Ida Paweł Pawlikowski, Eric Abraham, Piotr Dzięcioł, Ewa Puszczynska

Best original screenplay
The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer
Stephen Beresford (writer), David Livingstone (producer) Pride

Best cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki Birdman

Best supporting actress
Patricia Arquette Boyhood

Best supporting actor
JK Simmons Whiplash

Best special visual effects
Interstellar Paul Franklin, Scott Fisher, Andrew Lockley

Best animated film
The Lego Movie Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Best sound
Whiplash Thomas Curley, Ben Wilkins, Craig Mann

Best editing
Whiplash Tom Cross

Best short animation
The Bigger Picture Chris Hees, Daisy Jacobs, Jennifer Majka

Best short film
Boogaloo and Graham Brian J Falconer, Michael Lennox, Ronan Blaney

Best makeup and hair
The Grand Budapest Hotel Frances Hannon, Mark Coulier

Best production design
The Grand Budapest Hotel Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock

Best documentary
Citizenfour Laura Poitras

Best original music
The Grand Budapest Hotel Alexandre Desplat

Outstanding British film
The Theory of Everything James Marsh, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten

Bafta Fellowship (announced earlier)
Mike Leigh

Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema (announced earlier)
BBC Films

Presented by: Stephen Fry

Hozier Performs At The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show!

The very beautiful and very talented Hozier performed at the annual fashion extravaganza the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show to sing his massive hit Take Me To Church.

The show which started in 1995 included feather outfits, 30-pound wigs and expensive bras priced at millions of dollars and had an audience of almost 10 million views and the highlight was our Hozier dressed all in black and looking like an absolute dream with his hair flowing down while he treated all us straight women and gay men to a hauntingly beautiful performance which if you haven’t seen you can view below:

Rocking Out To Electric Picnic! (On the TV!)

It was brilliant recently when Rte 2 did a highlights show presented by Eoghan McDermott and Jenny Greene with co-presenting duties going to Al Porter and Blathnaid Treacy. It was brilliant for people like myself who can’t afford to get to these festivals but can still see what went on. I loved it and by the end of the night when Chic and Nile Rodgers were on I was up dancing around the living-room. So I have below compiled my highlights from the event which was a difficult job seeing as it was a great event this year and even doing this I’m leaving out a lot of people who were stellar at the event.

Hozier

I’m a major fan so anytime Hozier performs at a festival I would like his set. He just has this unique, husky singing voice and his songs hit you hard. He isn’t exactly hard on the eye either …

Paolo Nutini

Talking of not bad on the eye Scotland’s finest Paolo Nutini is a long-time crush of mine. I fancied in school and still do. I left school 7 years ago or so! His looks are enduring, shall we say?! But let’s be honest Nutini has always been more than just a pretty face. He is really talented at what he does and he has even revamped a few of the old hits to perfection.

http://www.frequency.com/video/paolo-nutini-interview-at-electric/190625856?cid=5-115060

Pet Shop Boys

The Pet Shop Boys are a band I have always liked since I heard West End Girls as a kid. There was something very haunting and innovative about the track and that got me onto their other stuff. They were great at the event this year too and put on a show as always.

Blondie

Debbie Harry is a real inspiration because she is a rock chick and anyone who is I always admire! Taking on the boys at a game their more known for and winning! Yeah she is defo my kind of person! And she was amazing with her band as always here and I loved her outfit too. It was wacky and fab! 🙂

The Stranglers

The Stranglers are a band who I’ve heard and liked a few songs from and liked but never really knew about. They are brilliant at what they do and I think the keyboardist is especially talented. I always loved his bit in Golden Brown.

And finally …

Al Porter

I know he wasn’t one of the performers but he was amazing. Very funny and really good at what he does. Here he is talking to the locals from Stradbally in Laois where the event took place.

Who was your favourite from Electric Picnic 2014?!

Hozier Interviewed By The Evening Standard!

24-year-old Wicklow singer Hozier has given an interview to The Evening Standard in which he has spoke about his incredibly inspirational and amazing song Take Me To Church, religion, the situation in Russia and his family.

The Bray singer said,

The damage done by the Church to the people of Ireland is completely irreparable, and the reparations are all too few. There’s still a lack of will to turn around and say, ‘This is not OK’. There are still things like regular news segments where they ask the local priest what he thinks. Why is it an organisation that is considered to have any moral standing at all? The track record is just appalling.”

The singer/songwriter has soared to fame with his track Take Me To Church. He says that the song is about people who undermine what it is to love someone. The video which shows a sweet couple in love and then a homophobic attack. The video, which was filmed in Cork, shows a gay man been dragged across a field where he is violently kicked by masked me. A clip of a Cyrillic script banner places the action in Russia. It was retweeted by Stephen Fry and also made the front page of Reddit and at one stage had 10,000 YouTube views increasing each hour. 

The song is about loving somebody. I’d been following what was going on in Russia, where far Right groups were doing these organised attacks, filming them and putting them on social media. The song is about loving somebody, and the video is about people who would undermine what it is to love somebody.”

He hasn’t visited Russia, and says that he thinks he won’t be rushing over soon either and stated,

It’s important to remember that it can happen anywhere. It’s very easy for a society to fall into hatefulness, to scapegoat people, especially when times get tough.”

He says that he isn’t gay “but that’s not the f***ing point”. 

He says,

If you can do a song like that right, you won’t sound like a preachy d***head,” he says. “I have huge respect for Paul Weller, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder — people who wrote about their own times and did it well.”

Speaking of his family he says that his Dad was a drummer who was part of the Dublin blues scene and then a bank worker. He was forced to retire when Hozier was six years old following an operation to correct a spinal problem which left him with nerve damage and in a wheelchair. 

It was a tough old time — no money. Mum kept us together in a big way.”

His Dad’s health has improved physically and he has retrained as a sound engineer. His Mum went back to college and studied art. She has painted the sleeves of all his releases while his brother is a film-maker. His brother and he were raised as Quakers after their parents rejected their Catholic upbringings.

My dad went to a Christian Brothers school. They just beat the s**t out of kids.”

Hozier went to a Catholic secondary school in Bray and says,

I went on Catholic retreats, stuff like that. There was a lot of pilgrimage-type stuff to holy places in Ireland. At the time I was very open to trying things, trying to get my head around it.”

He describes faith as an “absurb thing” and says,

I still wouldn’t define myself as an atheist – it’s too absolute. But I don’t have any faith. I think faith is an absurd thing but I’m OK with that. There are no answers because the universe never asked a question in the first place.”

 

Hozier’s debut album is due out in September and he plays St Stephen’s Church, W12, on June 14th.

I absolutely love this man. So talented, has great music, so handsome, has a sexy voice, is so articulate, cares about people and issues. I think I’m a bit in love to be honest! 🙂

Watch the video for Take Me To Church here: