Sam Smith, 'Fifty Shades,' walking that very marketable line between safety and seduction

February 17, 2015 1:07 PM

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Ascending the stage at the Grammy Awards, the British crooner Sam Smith observed that before he made his winning hit, "Stay With Me," he'd been doing everything possible to try and get his music heard. Alas, "awful" music had resulted from such conformity and compromise. "It was only until I started to be myself that the music started to flow and people started to listen," Smith said, slightly and forgivably mangling syntax in his sweet acceptance speech. "So thank you guys for accepting me for being different."

Ah, just being yourself - the magical formula for success in the entertainment business?

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