Sam Smith is known as one of the most competent vocalists in popular music. While other up-and-comers focused on forward-thinking production, a unique style, or a charismatic persona, Smith was more traditional in his approach, focusing on technical skills and accessible music. It paid off, and he ascended rapidly into mainstream popularity following the release of his 2014 debut album In the Lonely Hour.
Last night was a big one for Smith, who won his first Oscar for Best Original Song. The winning song was “Writing’s on the Wall,” the theme for the James Bond film Spectre. Smith also performed the song at the awards show, but the performance didn’t go as planned. Smith struggled to hit his notes, and viewers complained that he was boring and unenthusiastic. Maybe it was nerves.
Speaking to the BBC, Sam Smith acknowledged that the performance wasn’t his best. “It was the worst moment of my life. Singing was horrible. I hated every minute.”
See the performance below.