Sam Smith had a massive 2014. You could argue the English crooner is the only breakout male pop star in recent memory, charming the world with his simultaneously vulnerable/powerful singles "Stay With Me," "I'm Not The Only One," and "Leave Your Lover." Smith's debut album In the Lonely Hour was the third-best selling album in the United States last year, a real feat for a guy who was mostly unknown just 12 months ago.
Rolling Stone sat down with Smith to discuss his success and the tribulations he overcame to get here. The most interesting bit might be his humble thoughts on the GRAMMYs.
When asked about being nominated for Album of the Year alongside Beyoncé, Smith, an avowed Yoncé superfan, said, "She deserves it way more than I do. I'd be embarrassed if I got it over her. If I got it, I'd give it to her." There's a moment to look out for...
The rest of the interview is an open discussion about Sam Smith's sexuality, his childhood, family, love and loss. Read it here.