Singing of heartbreak, newcomer Sam Smith wins big at Grammys

Mon Feb 9, 2015 12:33am EST
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Heartbreak paid off handsomely for British soul singer Sam Smith, a newcomer who won four Grammy awards on Sunday including record and song of the year for his anthem "Stay With Me."

The 22-year-old was also anointed best new artist and his debut album "In The Lonely Hour" won best pop vocal album. But rocker Beck robbed Smith of a sweep in the top three Grammy categories by winning album of the year for "Morning Phase."

"I want to thank the man who this record is about, who I fell in love with last year," Smith said as he accepted his gramophone-shaped trophy for record of the year. "Thank you so much for breaking my heart because you got me four Grammys."

The music industry's biggest night took on a somber note with a powerful message against domestic abuse delivered by President Barack Obama by video, by a survivor's testimony and by a Katy Perry performance.

While Smith was favored to win big, Beck pulled off the surprise of the night in album of the year, beating out Smith, Pharrell Williams, Beyonce and Ed Sheeran. "Morning Phase," an album with a laid-back vibe, won three Grammys on the night, including best rock album.

"We made this record at my house for the most part, so I would like to thank my kids for letting me keep them awake a little bit longer," Beck said as he accepted his trophy from R&B star Prince.

Other notable winners were Pharrell and Beyonce, who won three Grammys each and delivered some of the most popular performances of the night.

Smith's win echoes that of fellow British soul singer Adele, who swept the Grammys with six wins in 2012 with her heartbreak album "21" and song "Someone Like You," also about a failed relationship.   Continued...

Sam Smith poses with his awards for Best New Artist, Best Pop/Vocal Album for "In the Lonely Hour" and Song of the Year and Record of the Year for "Stay With Me" in the press room at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 8, 2015.   REUTERS/Mike Blake