Instant Follow Friday: Sam Smith and His Beautiful Soul Might Sweep the Grammy’s This Weekend

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Sam Smith has swiftly become pop music royalty and the hottest wunderkind.

Hanging with the likes of Taylor Swift and the Kardashians, Smith’s popularity is proven strong also by his six Grammy nominations – meaning he and the flawless Beyoncé will go head to head as the top contenders at this year’s 57th annual Grammy awards.

At 22-years-old with only his debut album “In the Lonely Hour” under his belt, the blue-eyed soulful singer has nods in all four top categories: Best New Artist, Best Album of the Year, Best Song (for “Stay With Me”), and Best Record.

The New York Times points out, “If he sweeps all four prizes, Mr. Smith would be the first to do so since Christopher Cross in 1981. (Others have had the chance, like Amy Winehouse in 2008 and the band Fun in 2013, but failed to take all four.)”

The greatest thing about Smith is, his chances for sweeping some, if not most or all, of those categories are highly plausible.

Smith’s emotional ballads (such as “Stay With Me”, “I’m Not the Only One”, and “Lay Me Down”) have become instant radio hits because of his gentle, velvety tenor and, simply put, his songs are beautiful.

In fact, because of Smith’s seemingly overnight success (not to mention fame in the celebrity world), it is so easy to forget he was barely known to American audiences just over a year ago, when he got his break singing on Disclosure’s “Latch” (released in 2012). Now, it’s more likely you’ll hear about Smith performing to a sold out audience at Madison Square Garden in New York.

2014 was a phenomenal year for the rookie, and 2015 is set to be no less spectacular (he’s already working on his second album). And yesterday (Feb. 5, 2015), he treated fans with a new music video for “Lay Me Down”.

Talented “new” artist? Yes. But does Smith have what it takes to overcome the goddess that is Beyoncé at this year’s Grammy awards? Well, we’ll all have to tune in and find out on Sunday.

The Grammy’s will air Sunday (Feb. 8, 2015) at 8/7 c. on CBS.

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