6 surprising classical covers of 2015 Brit Award nominees

25 February 2015, 10:38

It's the Brit Awards tonight - so we've found the best classical covers of the nominees, from Taylor Swift on cello to Pharrell Williams being serenaded by an orchestra.

Taylor Swift - Blank Space

Tay-tay is up for International Female Solo Artist, and this cello and piano duo have taken on one of the biggest singles from her last album.

 

Sia - Chandelier

Alas, no virtuosic ballet-dancing video to accompany this one, but nonetheless - this is an impressively virtuosic piano version of the International Female Solo Artist's huge single, 'Chandelier'.

 

Sam Smith - Stay With Me

We need more viola covers! This guy, with his intense facial expressions and mastery of the violin's bigger brother, has turned multi-nominee Sam's Smith biggest hit into something quite lovely. 

 

Clean Bandit - Rather Be

Yes, this one still counts, even though Clean Bandit are actually a string quartet themselves. It was the sound of the summer, and this guy with a blue violin knows it only too well.

 

Pharrell Williams - Happy

Pharrell himself (and his hat) were the audience for this stirring version of  his hit 'Happy'. Worth it for Pharrell's facial reactions alone.

 

Lana Del Rey - Born To Die

The classical cover specialists Aston take on the doe-eyed, vaguely depressing strains of International Female Solo Artist nominee Lana Del Rey's 'Born To Die', with able accompaniment from untucked shirts, moody glances and an impeccably kept garden.