THE 57th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday were a mixture of old songs, new faces and upsets, as Sam Smith, a 22-year-old British singer barely known to American audiences a year ago, won three of the top four prizes, and Beck became the dark-horse victor of album of the year.
Smith took best new artist as well as both record and song of the year for "Stay With Me", a moody, lovelorn ballad that became a smash on pop radio stations.
"I want to thank the man this record is about," he said in his acceptance speech for record of the year. "Thank you so much for breaking my heart, 'cause you got me four Grammys." Besides those awards, he also won best vocal album for In the Lonely Hour, one...