During his Grammy acceptance speech, Sam Smith dedicated the award to a former flame. Smith said, “Thank you so much for breaking my heart, because you got me four Grammys.” Smith won the Grammy awards for Song of The Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, Record of The Year, and Best New Artist. But it seems, the ultimate success for him was revenge and closure over a failed relationship.
In an interview with The Guardian, Sam Smith revealed that the man who inspired In The Lonely Hour didn’t know the record was about him until it was about to come out.
“I told him a week before the album came out. He’d heard the record, but didn’t have a clue it was about him,” Smith said. “He just said, ‘Are you OK?’ It was a lovely response. The reason I told him was because it was like closure to me. When I fell in love with this guy last year, it was the third person in my life I had had really strong feelings for and they’d never loved me back. And this album was almost a way for me to break the cycle. I will never let myself fall in love with someone again in that way.”
Sam Smith truly is one of the biggest breakout stars of 2014. His debut album, In the Lonely Hour, became a big hit in both the UK and the US. In fact, Sam Smith is the only artist to sell 1 million album in both the UK and the US in 2014. Sam Smith started his career doing collaborations, being known for the songs “Latch” with Disclosure and “La La La” with Naughty Boy. “I think being a feature is lovely because you get to practice your trade a bit before you dive fully into something,” Smith said about his collaborations. “It’s also exposed me to loads of different types of music. I was going for an acoustic sound when I first started out, but having done “Latch” and “La La La”, there’s more of a reason to be limitless in the way I’m writing.”
The fact that Sam Smith is a very personal singer and songwriter that turns his heartbreak into hit records earned him various comparisons with Adele. In fact, his management has been marketing him as a sort of male counterpart to the “Someone like You” singer. Considering that both of them made records that received commercial and critical success, the comparisons make a whole lot of sense.
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