Johnny Mathis

Sam Smith takes top honors at Grammys

Sam Smith takes top honors at Grammys

The 57th Grammy Awards belonged to Sam Smith, the freshman British singer-songwriter who took home three of the four top awards — and underscored the lightning speed in which an artist can capture the popular imagination in the age of YouTube and social media.

Smith was virtually unknown outside his native England a year ago. On Sunday, his breakthrough hit "Stay With Me" was named record and song of the year, barely eight months after the release of his debut album. Smith, 22, was also recognized as best new artist, and his "In the Lonely Hour" took the pop vocal album award.

Smith, the first openly gay artist to win record of the year, thanked the man who...