Sam Smith defied the pundits and his ex boyfriend by taking out four Grammy’s at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Many thought Australian singer songwriter Sia would be the star but the openly gay English crooner stole the show.
“Thank you so much for breaking my heart because you got me four Grammys,” Smith, thanking his ex for inspiring his Record of the Year, Stay With Me, told the audience at the ceremony.
The other surprise was alternative rocker Beck who’s album Morning Phase surprised all winning Album of the Year, beating favourite Beyonce’s self-titled album.
The Record of the Year capped a big night for the Smith, who had already won song of the year for the sultry hit. The 22-year-old British singer was named best new artist and won best pop album for In the Lonely Hour, which contained the hit.
The songwriter’s award went to its performer Smith, who wrote it with British writers James Napier and William Phillips.
The soulful song was the lead single on Smith’s album In the Lonely Hour, and fits its mood. Smith recently gave songwriting credits to Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne because of the song’s resemblance to Petty’s hit I Won’t Back Down.