Sam Smith, the 22-year-old British singer, took home four Grammys at Sunday’s annual music awards show.
Smith is openly gay. He has publicly stated his songs were inspired by a relationship gone wrong.
“I want to thank the man who this record is about who I fell in love with last year. Thank you so much for breaking my heart because you got me four Grammys,” Smith said from the stage at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Smith won Grammys for Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album and Record of the Year. Smith is first openly gay winner of the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album and Record of the Year.
The record -- “Stay With Me” -- is a love torn ballad on the Capitol label which has received heavy airplay via pop radio stations.
At the Grammys, Smith performed a soulful duet of “Stay With Me” with American pop singer Mary J. Blige.
“This is the best night of my life,” Smith told the audience.
Smith recently dedicated his new music video, “Lay Me Down” to the LGBT community. On his Instagram account, Smith wrote the video “shows my dreams that one day gay men and women and transgendered men and women all over the world, like all our straight families and friends, will be able to get married under any roof, in any city, in any town, in any village, in any country.”