The Independent: Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song ‘Take Me To Church’
21 May 2015
21st May, 2015
An attack on homophobia within the Catholic Church, which became a global hit for the Irish singer Hozier, was named the best song of the year at the 60th Ivor Novello Awards.
Take Me To Church, written and performed by Andrew Hozier-Byrne, took the award for Best Song Musically And Lyrically at the Grosvenor House event, which also recognised Clean Bandit and Ed Sheeran.
Take Me To Church has topped the charts in 12 countries and was the most streamed song of 2014. Accompanied by a video depicting a brutal homophobic beating, the song became a viral YouTube hit. It was given a further boost when Taylor Swift urged her fans to buy it and has sold 3m downloads in the US alone.
With its chorus -“Take me to church, I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies, I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife…”, the song has been accused of blasphemy by Christian groups.
Hozier explained: “Take Me to Church’ is essentially about sex, but it’s a tongue-in-cheek attack at organisations that would… undermine humanity by successfully teaching shame about sexual orientation — that it is sinful, or that it offends God.”
Accepting the award, Hozier said: “This is a huge deal to me. This time last year I was a complete unknown with a set of songs I’d written and recorded in my attic.” He dedicated the award to his mother, who is in hospital.
The singer said he was flying back to Ireland so he could vote Yes in the referendum on same sex marriages. He said it was important that others followed his lead.