Sam Smith Is First Male Artist in 34 Years—and First U.K. Male Artist Ever—to Earn Nominations in All “Big Four” Grammy Categories Following Release of a Debut Album 

Smith Receives a Total of Six Nominations, Including Album, Record and Song of the Year as Well as Best New Artist

Sam Smith Photo: Capitol Music Group
Sam Smith
Photo: Capitol Music Group

Openly gay Sam Smith is the first male artist in 34 years—and the first U.K. male artist ever—to receive nominations in the “big four” Grammy Awards categories following the release of a debut album. Smith’s In the Lonely Hour (Capitol Records) was nominated for Album of the Year while his 4x multi-platinum single “Stay With Me” was nominated for Record and Song of the Year. Smith also received a nod for Best New Artist. These four categories constitute the General Field of the Grammy nominations. In addition, he was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album (In the Lonely Hour) and Best Pop Solo Performance (“Stay With Me”), bringing his total nominations to six. The 57th Annual Grammy Awards telecast will take place live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 8, 2015.

The 22-year-old artist paid tribute to Frank Sinatra with a stunning performance of the legendary singer’s Capitol Records classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” on A Very Grammy Christmas, a one-hour entertainment special that aired recently on CBS. Smith’s rendition, which was delivered on the rooftop of Capitol Records’ historic Hollywood tower, is available now at all digital partners.

Smith made chart history in the U.S. with In the Lonely Hour, which sold more copies in its first week of release than any other U.K. male artist debut in the 23-year history of SoundScan. It entered the Billboard200 at No. 2 and has been certified platinum by the RIAA. The Associated Press hailed it as “a passionate, heart-wrenching album,” and The Washington Post observed, “In the Lonely Hour shows off every facet of Smith’s voice to goose pimple-raising effect.”

“I’m Not the Only One,” Smith’s new single, was recently certified platinum. It marks his third Top 10 hit on Billboard’s Hot 100 this year, a feat unrivaled by any other male artist in 2014. It follows his 4x multi-platinum breakthrough hit, “Stay With Me,” which was played across eight radio formats and climbed to No. 1 at five formats.

Over the course of 2014, Smith has won the BRIT Critics’ Choice award, the BBC Sound of 2014 prize, Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock honors at the American Music Awards, a Q award, four MOBOs, and the VH1 2014 You Oughta Know Artist of the Year award.


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