Who is Sam Smith and why is he up for as many Grammys as Beyonce and Pharell?

February 8, 2015 12:05 PM

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A year ago, nobody knew who Sam Smith was. Just 21 years old, the soft-spoken singer was headlining small clubs in Britain and dingy bars in the U.S. This Sunday, he's up for six Grammys, leading the 2015 pack along with Grammy titan Beyonce and "Happy" guy Pharell Williams.

Smith owes the rash of fame to last year's platinum album, "In the Lonely Hour," and -- more succinctly -- its lead single, "Stay With Me." Fueled by Smith's powerfully androgynous voice and raw sorrow, the complete collection of songs about unrequited love was one of the biggest of 2014. Moreover, ...

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