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Grammys 2015: Sam Smith wins four

Sam Smith

Story by Jack Foley

BRITISH singer Sam Smith has won four Grammy Awards in the US, including the prestigious prizes for record and song of the year.

The soul singer took the prizes for Stay With Me and was also recognised as best new artist and best vocal pop album.

Smith was the only solo artist to sell more than a million albums in both the UK and US in 2014.

Upon acepting the trophy for record of the year, he said: “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.”

In what proved to be a memorable individual night for him, Smith also performed the hit Stay With Me on stage with Mary J Blige.

Other big winners on the night included Pharrell Williams, Beyonce and Rosanne Cash, daughter of country legend Johnny, who took home three awards each.

Pharrell’s Girl won best urban contemporary album, while his single Happy won best music video and best pop solo performance. The artist performed that hit on the night with pianist Lang Lang and composer Hans Zimmer.

Beyonce claimed her prizes for Drunk In Love, her collaboration with husband Jay-Z, which was named best R&B performance and best R&B song. The singer also won best surround sound album.

While Rosanne Cash picked up the best American roots performance and song awards for A Feather’s Not A Bird and best Americana album.

Beck claimed two of the night’s top prizes, including best album for his 12th studio LP Morning Phase. It also won best rock album.

He commented: “We made this record at my house for the most part, so I would like to thank my kids for letting me keep them awake a little bit longer.”

Other British winners included Clean Bandit with Jess Glynne and Aphex Twin.

The former won best dance recording, while Aphex Twin won best dance/electronic album for Syro, his first album for 13 years.

Ed Sheeran, who went into the ceremony with three nominations for his latest album x, went home empty-handed, but did join ELO’s Jeff Lynne on stage to perform on the night.

Another performance of note saw Sir Paul McCartney join Kanye West and Rihanna on stage for a joint composition of FourFiveSeconds.

View the main winners at a glance