Hozier on His Billboard Music Award Jitters: 'I'll Be Inquiring About Soilage Fees'
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What was your first awards show?
The only awards show I've been to is the Grammys -- wait, I did go to something called the Choice Music Prize. It's an Irish thing. If I was to make a comparison between the two, everyone at home would think I was an asshole.
Who did you sit next to at the Grammys?
I was sitting next to my dad, and Childish Gambino was just a seat down from me. I'm a big fan of his work. It was kind of like the first day of school.
What was the first thing you said to Annie Lennox after your Grammys performance together?
We just exchanged hankies. That was a lot of fun. We'd met a few days previous, and she had some really cool advice about keeping a level head.
Best celebrity encounter?
I met the Haim sisters a few days previous, and I got to hang out with them that evening. Dave Grohl stopped me in the hallway. I think I would fly so far off his radar, but he recognized me.
Do you get nervous before big events like this?
The Grammys was the most nervous I've been. It's great living without nervousness, then you meet nervousness again and it's an awful feeling. I would imagine it gets easier every time, but still, the BBMAs are a huge deal for me. I'm nominated for a number of awards, so no doubt I'll be inquiring about soilage fees.
Watch The Billboard Music Awards: An Insider's Guide sneak-peek special on Saturday, May 16 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC and the 2015 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 17 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
This story originally appeared in the May 16 issue of Billboard.