Sam Smith's Inspiring Ride Up the Charts to 4 Huge GRAMMYs Wins
The stats on Sam Smith are stunning: Only 22 years old. Only nine months past his album debut. And now four GRAMMYs.
Smith was the early breakout winner Sunday at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards Sunday in Los Angeles. The "Stay With Me" soul singer took Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal for In the Lonely Hour, as well as Song of the Year and Record of the Year for "Stay With Me."
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The GRAMMYs are the capper on Smith's rapid rise as a solo artist. Smith, who'd performed the vocals on the 2012 Disclosure hit, "Latch," was not yet a household name when he crooned "Stay With Me" and "Lay Me Down" last March on Saturday Night Live.
In a recent New York Times profile on Smith, SNL producer Lindsay Shookus recalled lobbying her boss, the fabled Lorne Michaels, to book the singer. "The timing makes no sense, but he’s incredible," Shookus said. "I think he’s going to be a star.”
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"Stay With Me" went onto become a No. 2 hit in the United States; In the Lonely Hour, released last May, three months after SNL, went multi-platinum.
With the fame came unwanted attention, too: Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne successfully argued that "Stay With Me" shared sound-alike elements with their hit, "I Won't Back Down" (though Petty himself called the similarities a "musical accident"); radio-host Howard Stern called the baby-faced singer "fat" and "ugly" (and that was while Stern was paying Smith a compliment).
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On GRAMMY night, Smith road the high road. He thanked the parents who once paid for his voice lessons.
"To Mom and Dad, I won a GRAMMY," Smith said.