Hozier Receives Silver Clef Award

Hozier was awarded the Nordoff-Robbins Silver Clef International Award in London on Friday, July 1, 2016.


About the Award


Past Irish recipients of the Silver Clef International Award include Bob Geldof, U2, The Corrs, and Chris de Burgh.

The prize was sponsored by Raymond Weil, who coincidentally presented Hozier with a watch when he played Montreux, Switzerland last February.

The Silver Clef Awards raise funds for Nordoff-Robbins which provides music therapy outreach programs worldwide in addition to education and research in the field. Read more about music therapy on the Nordoff-Robbins website.


Awards Ceremony

Annie Lennox, who performed with Hozier at the 2015 Grammys, presented him with the Silver Clef International Award. She posted her touching presentation speech to her Facebook page.

Annie Lennox presenting….

A photo posted by @johnjoahern on

Update: Nordoff-Robbins posted this video of speech highlights:


 Awards Coverage

(This section contains updates since the post was originally published.)

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Hozier met Barry Gibb from the Bee Gees at the Silver Clef Awards. This meeting has a special significance in Hozier’s history.

When Caroline Downey, now Hozier’s manager, first heard him sing, it was a Bee Gees song. From The Irish Times:

Hozier was 16 when Downey heard him doing a cover version of ‘To Love Somebody’ by the Bee Gees at a music show in the school. Downey happens to be a big Bee Gees fan. The hairs stood up on the back of her neck.

It was Nina Simone’s version of the Bee Gees-penned song that inspired Hozier’s performance. In one of the earliest videos of Hozier, here he is at age 20 performing the song at Oxegen Festival on July 10, 2010.

Ten years after performing a Bee Gees song at a high school talent show, Hozier picked up an award alongside Barry Gibb.

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  1. That was great! Anne Lennox speech was amazing and deserved by Andrew. Is there no video of Andrew accepting the award?
    As ever, thank you HG ❤️🇨🇦

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