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

February 9, 2015
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 yearWinner: Morning Phase - BeckBeyoncé – Beyoncé • X - Ed Sheeran • In the Lonely Hour - Sam Smith • Girl - Pharrell Williams Best new artistWinner: Sam Smith • Iggy Azalea • Bastille • Brandy Clark • Haim Best rock albumWinner: Morning Phase - BeckRyan Adams - Ryan Adams • Turn Blue - The Black Keys • Hypnotic Eye - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers • Songs of Innocence - U2 Record of the yearWinner: Stay With Me - Sam SmithFancy - Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX • Chandelier - Sia • Shake It Off - Taylor Swift • All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor Song of the yearWinner: Stay With Me - Jimmy Napes, William Phillips and Sam SmithAll 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 SmithGhost Stories - Coldplay • Bangerz - Miley Cyrus • My Everything - Ariana Grande • Prism - Katy Perry • X - Ed Sheeran Best pop solo performanceWinner: Happy (live) - Pharrell WilliamsAll of Me - John Legend • Chandelier - Sia • Stay With Me - Sam Smith • Shake It Off - Taylor Swift Best traditional pop vocal albumWinner: Cheek To Cheek - Tony Bennett & Lady GagaNostalgia - 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 WilliamsWe Exist - Arcade Fire • Turn Down For What - DJ Snake & Lil Jon • Chandelier - Sia • The Golden Age - Woodkid Featuring Max Richter Best dance recordingWinner: Rather Be - Clean Bandit Featuring Jess GlynneNever 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 performanceWinner: Drunk in Love - Beyoncé feat Jay-ZNew 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 albumWinner: Love, Marriage & Divorce - Toni Braxton & BabyfaceIslander - 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 albumWinner: Girl - Pharrell WilliamsSail Out - Jhené Aiko • Beyoncé – Beyoncé • X - Chris Brown • Mali Is... - Mali Music Best country albumWinner: Platinum - Miranda LambertRiser - Dierks Bentley • The Outsiders - Eric Church • 12 Stories - Brandy Clark • The Way I'm Livin' - Lee Ann Womack Best country songWinner: 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 performanceWinner: The Last In Line - Tenacious DNeon Knights - Anthrax • High Road - Mastodon • Heartbreaker - Motorhead • The Negative One - Slipknot Best rap albumWinner: The Marshall Mathers LP2 - EminemThe New Classic - Iggy Azalea • Because The Internet - Childish Gambino • Nobody's Smiling - Common • Oxymoron - Schoolboy Q • Blacc Hollywood - Wiz Khalifa

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