Former Eurythmics singer and music icon Annie Lennox and Irish singer-songwriter Hozier joined forces in giving one of the best performances at the 2015 Grammys. Read on and get ready to fall under a spell.
Hozier opened the set with his rendition of “Take Me to Church.” Before the song ended, Lennox sang a few lines of the chorus before starting with her rendition of “I Put a Spell on You,” with Hozier playing the guitar. The performance on the Staples Center stage was so grand and soulful that they received a standing ovation from celebrities like Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and the couple, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.
“Take Me to Church” by Hozier was nominated (his first Grammys nomination) for Song of the Year award but lost to “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith. Four-time Grammy winner Annie Lennox’s “Nostalgia,” on the other hand, was nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album award but lost to Lady Gaga’s “Cheek to Cheek.” Check out the complete list of winners here.
Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” was his 2013 hit, which was popularized by its music video. The song “I Put a Spell on You,” originally sung by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins in 1956, is the lead single for Lennox’s solo album “Nostalgia,” which was released on Sept. 30, 2014. “Nostalgia” consists of Lennox’s rendition of songs from the Great American Songbook. Lennox’s “I Put a Spell on You” was set to be included as a soundtrack for the movie “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Now this is a major switch from the “Strange Fruit” controversy.
According to USA Today, Lennox and Hozier were among the artists who new fans at the Grammys awards night. Mashable compiled viewers’ reactions to the performance on Twitter. Lennox and Hozier were sure winners with their performance. Lennox is really back, and there is no denying that as Vogue called her the Missy Elliott of the Grammys.
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