Sam Smith reveals he’ll give his Grammy Award for Album of the Year to Beyonce if he wins
Sam Smith has revealed that should he win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year at next month’s Grammy Awards, he’ll be handing it over to Beyonce. While we couldn’t think of a more worthy recipient for the most coveted gramophone of the night, the British breakout star of the year admits that his hero Queen Bey is a far more worthy winner.
Both artists are tied with six nominations each at the ceremony, with the male diva picking up nods for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist while his album In The Lonely Hour, which has gone multi-platinum on both sides of the Atlantic since its release last May, goes up against Beyonce’s self-titled fifth record for the Album of the Year. They’ll be battling it out with fellow nominees Ed Sheeran, Pharrell and Beck, but according to the 22-year-old powerhouse vocalist, no one deserves the trophy more than the Drunk In Love chart-topper.
“She deserves it way more than I do,” Sam explained in the latest edition of Rolling Stone where he graces their prestigious cover. “I’d be embarrassed if I got it over her. If I got it, I’d give it to her.” We’ll see about that if his name’s read out on the night.
He also opened up about his tormented past to the magazine, revealing that he went through years of bullying over his sexuality. The Stay With Me singer remains one of the only openly gay pop star’s on the planet and has become an inspiration for young adults who face bullying across the world. Although he says his childhood was happy “80 per cent of the time,” he would often be called “faggot” while walking through his small hometown.
“I was just embarrassed that my dad had to see that, because I could only imagine how you feel as a parent. You just want to kill them. I was always embarrassed for the people around me. It actually never deeply affected me, you know?”
This week the multi-Grammy award nominee, who also leads the race at this year’s Brit Awards with five a total of nominations, was forced to pay out was forced to pay out royalties to singer-songwriter Tom Petty over his number one single Stay With Me. The single strikes a startling resemblance to Petty’s 1989 hit Wont Back Down, which the veteran star kindly called a “musical accident, no more no less”.
We’ll be able to find out if Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour wins Album of the Year on February 8 and in deed if he’ll give his prize to Beyonce when the Grammy Awards take place at the Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles hosted by LL Cool J. He’ll then take to the stage, as well as keep his fingers crossed for a few more trophies at this year’s Brit Awards which follow on February 25 at London’s 02 Arena.