Sam Smith Stuns VMAs With Gorgeous, No Frills Performance

Sam Smith, VMAs 2014.
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Sam Smith performs onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. 

Sam Smith didn't have the craziest or the flashiest VMA performance, but when he took the stage to deliver the gentle, gorgeous "Stay With Me," he didn't need tricks to wow the Forum crowd.

There was no twerking, no jokes about jumping into the arms of your backup dancers -- in fact, the weirdest thing about his performance was that Kim Kardashian West introduced him in an outfit that showed the majority of her chest.

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Smith just parked behind his mic and crooned his hit single -- no lip-syncing for this guy -- with grace and ease. As much as we tune into the VMAs for unexpected moments and insane performances, you gotta appreciate a voice of his caliber delivering a perfect song with no frills, just talent.

Forget the male Adele thing -- he's his own artist.