Credit: Alex LakeMost artists would do anything to have a top five, Grammy-nominated hit, not to mention critical acclaim, but Irish singer Hozier says that his ascent to the top, courtesy of his smash hit "Take Me to Church," has been very difficult to deal with.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the singer, whose birth name is Andrew Hozier-Byrne, says all his recent success has been "incredibly stressful," adding, "I was not ready for it. Straight up, I had never been on TV, not really, and then one of my first times, I'm doing the David Letterman show and I'm freaking ."
While Hozier says he can handle the fame a bit better now, it still freaks him out a little. "It's as surreal as you think it would be," he says. "It's the difference of a few months and then boom, you're sitting on a couch with Meryl Streep and James McAvoy.
Next month, Hozier is up for a Grammy for Song of the Year, for "Take Me to Church," and his competition includes hits by the likes of Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor and Sia. But he says even if he does win, truly, just being nominated is reward enough. "It's like, 'Whoa! They can't take that back,'" he laughs. "Grammy-nominated artist forever, regardless of what happens."
Hozier will kick off a North American tour February 6, two days before the Grammys, and he says he plans to "tour better" in 2015 than he did in 2014. What does that mean? Well, it partly involves not eating so much junk food on the road.
"It's usually horrendous," he tells EW. "Either pizza or a burger from a truck stop. But this year, we'll be decking the bus out with hummus."
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