The band called Bay's rendition a "beautiful" cover

By Jeff Nelson
Updated July 15, 2016 05:30 PM
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James Bay dropped by BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, and he didn’t “Hold Back” during his set.

The English singer-songwriter – whose debut, Chaos and the Calm, scored three Grammy nods this year – performed a soulful take on Coldplay and Beyoncé‘s clubby collab “Hymn for the Weekend.”

Known for his hits “Hold Back the River” and “Let It Go,” Bay, 25, put his raspy signature vocals on display, putting a broody spin on the party-starter.

As for the Chris Martin-fronted band’s reaction? Nothing but love.

“Beautiful cover of Hymn from the incredible @JamesBayMusic,” the pop-rock quartet’s official Twitter account posted alongside a clip of the performance. (Naturally, Bay thanked the crew, replying, “Cheers guys xx.”)

Bay – who also performed his other track “Craving” – is no stranger to the BBC Radio 1 studio’s viral franchise. Last year he played the RihannaKanye West-Paul McCartney hit “FourFiveSeconds.”

And his own songs have been covered by his peers: Up-and-comer Grace sang his hit “Let It Go” in January, while breakout Jess Glynne covered the same track last fall.