SAM SMITH IS FIRST MALE ARTIST IN 34 YEARS – AND FIRST U.K. MALE ARTIST EVER – TO EARN NOMINATIONS IN ALL "BIG FOUR" GRAMMY CATEGORIES FOLLOWING RELEASE OF A DEBUT ALBUM
Smith Receives A Total Of Six Nominations, Including Album, Record And Song Of The Year As Well As Best New Artist
North American Tour Kicks Off January 9 And Includes Shows At NYC's Madison Square Garden And The Forum In Los Angeles
Sam Smith is the first male artist in 34 years – and the first U.K. male artist ever – to receive nominations in the "big four" GRAMMY Awards® categories following the release of a debut album. As announced today, Smith's In The Lonely Hour (Capitol Records) was nominated for Album Of The Year while his 4x multi-Platinum single "Stay With Me" was nominated for Record and Song Of The Year. Smith also received a nod for Best New Artist. These four categories constitute the General Field of the GRAMMY nominations. In addition, he was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album (In The Lonely Hour) and Best Pop Solo Performance ("Stay With Me"), bringing his total nominations to six. The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast will take place live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 8, 2015.
Smith made chart history in the U.S. with In The Lonely Hour, which sold more copies in its first week of release than any other U.K. male artist debut in the 23-year history of SoundScan. It entered the Billboard 200 at No. 2 and has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. The Associated Press hailed it as "a passionate, heart-wrenching album" and The Washington Post observed, "'In the Lonely Hour' shows off every facet of Smith's voice to goose pimple-raising effect."
"I'm Not the Only One," Smith's new single, was recently certified Platinum in the US. It marks his third Top 10 hit on Billboard's Hot 100 this year, a feat unrivaled by any other male artist in 2014. It follows his 4x multi-Platinum breakthrough hit, "Stay With Me," which was played across eight radio formats and climbed to No. 1 at five formats.
Over the course of 2014, Smith has won the BRIT Critics' Choice award, the BBC Sound of 2014 prize, Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock honors at the American Music Awards, a Q award, four MOBOs and the VH1 2014 You Oughta Know Artist Of The Year award. He will return to the U.S. in January 2015 for his third North American headline tour in less than a year. The arena and theatre run includes a concert at Madison Square Garden and a two-night stand The Forum in Los Angeles.
BBC SOUND POLL WINNER
BRITS CRITICS CHOICE WINNER
SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE SOLD OUT
ROUNDHOUSE AND SOMERSET HOUSE SOLD OUT
This summer BRIT and BBC Sound Poll winner Sam Smith, announces the release of his debut album ‘In The Lonely Hour’ on 26th May through Capitol Records.
The past six months have been a whirlwind for Sam after topping the coveted BBC Sound Poll and winning the BRITs Critics Choice Award. He went on to become the first ever Critics Choice Award winner to score a number one with his first single, the huge hit ‘Money On My Mind’. This year has also seen Sam’s home-grown success catapult him across the Atlantic and with a recent performance on Jimmy Fallon alongside Disclosure, sell out dates in LA and New York, a stellar slot at SXSW and a huge performance on Saturday Night Live, his US star is born.
‘In The Lonely Hour’ is a 10-track labour of love for Sam ‘I said to myself, I don’t want to have a genre. ‘I wanted to take a risk’. In the course of putting it together, Sam has worked with a roll call of blue chip collaborative names including Fraser T Smith, Two Inch Punch, Eg White, Disclosure, Zane Lowe, Tourist and long term writing partner Jimmy Napes.
His first single release was the album’s big pop moment, ‘Money On My Mind’, a Two Inch Punch produced smash that went straight to No.1 in the UK charts. The second ‘Stay With Me’ – Sam’s ballad of unrequited love – is the prefect pre-cursor to the album.
2013 highlights include his work with Naughty Boy on the MOBO winning, No.1 hit single ‘La La La’ to date amassing a mammoth 308 million views. Live has seen him on tour with Disclosure playing at some of the biggest events in the music calendar from Glastonbury to Coachella and the Warehouse Project, culminating in a huge TV performance with Naughty Boy at the MOBOs. Earlier that year, Sam posted a raw acoustic video for his aching grief ballad ‘Lay Me Down’ reaching over a million views and gaining a further army of followers. This was followed by his debut EP ‘Nirvana’ released through PMR which was embraced by critics and fans alike. Christmas saw Sam deliver a slice of South Beach sunshine when courtesy of an afternoon in the studio, collectively Sam, Jimmy, Disclosure and the legendary Nile Rodgers decided to release ‘Together’ accompanied by a video from acclaimed illustrator and designer Kate Moross.
Live Sam has reached new heights with sold out dates here and in the US for his own UK and North American headline tours. This summer sees a sold out show at London’s Roundhouse as well further festival performances at Somerset House, Bestival, Parklife, T in the Park and V to name a few. He returned to Coachella with Disclosure this spring in between his own tour dates which included two sold out shows at the Balasco Theatre in LA. Recently Sam performed two tracks on the legendary US show Saturday Night Live that saw him trending in America and ‘In The Lonely Hour’ in the Top 5 iTunes chart.
Capitol Records Release Sam’s second single ‘Stay With Me’ on 18th May, taken from his debut album ‘In The Lonely Hour’ out on 26th May 2014.