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.

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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.

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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

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