British soul singer-songwriter Samuel Frederick “Sam” Smith was met with crashing applause at the 2014 Video Music Awards on Sunday, for his performance of “Stay With Me.”
Smith’s hit ballad, on his debut album, “In the Lonely Hour, ” was No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and topped the Pop Songs chart in May.
Smith was nominated for Artist to Watch and Best Male Video, but did not win either of them.
We recommend his piece: “What I learned as a part Jew, ” with this opening paragraph:
I grew up part Jewish. It was hard not to if you lived in a New Deal family where your father was involved in things like starting Americans for Democratic Action. My own introduction to politics came as a pre-teen stuffing envelopes for the local ADA director Leon Shull as he helped organize the removal of Philadelphia’s 69-year-old Republican machine. Shull was one of those who early convinced me that there were three branches of Judaism: your Orthodox, your Reform and your Liberal Democratic, with the last clearly the most powerful. I was certain that Jews were put on this earth to run labor unions and win elections for the good guys.