Sam Smith crowned new prince of pop as he sweeps the board at the Grammys

It was the music industry's biggest night, and it belonged to one man – Sam Smith. The British soul singer won four Grammy Awards on Sunday evening, including the coveted trophies for Record and Song of the Year, and Best New Artist.

Incredibly, it has been just nine months since Sam released his debut album, In The Lonely Hour. He was the only solo artist to sell more than a million copies in both the US and the UK in 2014.


Sam Smith walked away with four Grammy awards

Sam, 22, dedicated his wins to an ex-lover for making it all possible. "Thank you so much for breaking my heart," he said as he accepted Record of the Year. "Because now I've got four Grammys."

Many had predicted Grammy success for the Stay With Me star – more of a surprise was the announcement that Beck was the winner of the best album prize.

He beat Sam, Pharrell Williams, Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé to take home the trophy for his 12th studio LP, Morning Phase – and the astonished expression on his face suggested he hadn't expected to win either.

Sam Smith celebrating his win backstage with Taylor Swift

"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," he said as he collected the prestigious trophy.

Both Pharrell and Beyoncé enjoyed success in other categories, each collecting three awards. Other winners on the night included Miranda Lambert, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, and Eminem.

Madonna performed her new track, Living For Love

There were also some memorable performances on stage at the Staples Center. Madonna was joined by a troupe of half-naked male dancers dressed as minotaurs as she sang Living For Love, from her new album Rebel Heart.

Paul McCartney, Kanye West and Rihanna teamed up to play their joint composition FourFiveSeconds, while there were duets from Jessie J and Sir Tom Jones, Hozier and Annie Lennox, and Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett.

Top winners at the 2015 Grammy awards

Album of the year
Winner: Morning Phase - Beck
Beyoncé – Beyoncé
X - Ed Sheeran
In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith
Girl - Pharrell Williams

Best new artist
Winner: Sam Smith
• Iggy Azalea
• Bastille
• Brandy Clark
• Haim

Best rock album
Winner: Morning Phase - Beck
Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams
Turn Blue - The Black Keys
Hypnotic Eye - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Songs of Innocence - U2

Record of the year
Winner: Stay With Me - Sam Smith
Fancy - Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
Chandelier - Sia
Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor

Song of the year
Winner: Stay With Me - Jimmy Napes, William Phillips and Sam Smith
All About That Bass - Kevin Kadish and Meghan Trainor
Chandelier - Sia and Jesse Shatkin
Shake It Off - Max Martin, Shellback and Taylor Swift
Take Me to Church - Hozier

Best pop vocal album
Winner: In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith
Ghost Stories - Coldplay
Bangerz - Miley Cyrus
My Everything - Ariana Grande
Prism - Katy Perry
X - Ed Sheeran

Best pop solo performance
Winner: Happy (live) - Pharrell Williams
All of Me - John Legend
Chandelier - Sia
Stay With Me - Sam Smith
Shake It Off - Taylor Swift

Best traditional pop vocal album
Winner: Cheek To Cheek - Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga
Nostalgia - Annie Lennox
Night Songs - Barry Manilow
Sending You A Little Christmas - Johnny Mathis
Partners - Barbra Streisand With Various Artists

Best music video
Winner: Happy - Pharrell Williams
We Exist - Arcade Fire
Turn Down For What - DJ Snake & Lil Jon
Chandelier - Sia
The Golden Age - Woodkid Featuring Max Richter

Best dance recording
Winner: Rather Be - Clean Bandit Featuring Jess Glynne
Never Say Never - Basement Jaxx Featuring ETML
F For You - Disclosure Featuring Mary J. Blige
I Got U - Duke Dumont Featuring Jax Jones
Faded - Zhu

Best R&B performance
Winner: Drunk in Love - Beyoncé feat Jay-Z
New Flame - Chris Brown feat Usher & Rick Ross
It's Your World - Jennifer Hudson feat R Kelly
Like This - Ledisi
Good Kisser - Usher

Best R&B album
Winner: Love, Marriage & Divorce - Toni Braxton & Babyface
Islander - Bernhoft
Lift Your Spirit - Aloe Blacc
Black Radio 2 - Robert Glasper Experiment
Give The People What They Want - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Best urban contemporary album
Winner: Girl - Pharrell Williams
Sail Out - Jhené Aiko
Beyoncé – Beyoncé
X - Chris Brown
Mali Is... - Mali Music

Best country album
Winner: Platinum - Miranda Lambert
Riser - Dierks Bentley
The Outsiders - Eric Church
12 Stories - Brandy Clark
The Way I'm Livin' - Lee Ann Womack

Best country song
Winner: I'm Not Gonna Miss You - Glen Campbell & Julian Raymond, songwriters (Glen Campbell)
American Kids - Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird & Shane McAnally, songwriters (Kenny Chesney)
Automatic - Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby & Miranda Lambert, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
Give Me Back My Hometown - Eric Church & Luke Laird, songwriters (Eric Church)
Meanwhile Back At Mama's - Tom Douglas, Jaren Johnston & Jeffrey Steele, songwriters (Tim McGraw Featuring Faith Hill)

Best metal performance
Winner: The Last In Line - Tenacious D
Neon Knights - Anthrax
High Road - Mastodon
Heartbreaker - Motorhead
The Negative One - Slipknot

Best rap album
Winner: The Marshall Mathers LP2 - Eminem
The New Classic - Iggy Azalea
Because The Internet - Childish Gambino
Nobody's Smiling - Common
Oxymoron - Schoolboy Q
Blacc Hollywood - Wiz Khalifa