James Bay Covers 'FourFiveSeconds': Hear His Acoustic Take on Rihanna/Kanye/McCartney

James Bay
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James Bay

Following in the footsteps of past critics' choice winners at the Brit Awards (Adele, Sam Smith), James Bay looks poised for big things after winning this year's critics' choice honor. 

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In case you doubt his crossover abilities, here's Bay's well-executed acoustic cover of the Rihanna/Paul McCartney/Kanye West collaboration "FourFiveSeconds." Bay's smooth, bluesy voice (we're talking blues learned through '90s alt-rock here, not B.B. King) sounds at home on a soulful pop song like this.