Sam Smith proud he isn't 'mental'

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Sam Smith has revealed he feels proud he hasn't "gone mental" from the breakthrough success of his debut album 'In The Lonely Hour' around the world.

Sam Smith feels proud he hasn't "gone mental."

The 22-year-old musician released his debut album 'In The Lonely Hour' earlier this year - which was already become the biggest-selling debut album in the US in 2014 - but is more impressed he has managed to stay grounded than by the record's success.

He explained: "The thing I'm most proud of at the moment - and people might get angry with me for saying this - is the fact that I actually haven't gone mental. I've been able to keep myself completely the same person I was two years ago. If not, I'm actually a little more aware than I was before."

The 'Stay With Me' hitmaker - who has been nominated for six Grammy awards including Album of the Year and Best New Artist - said he has been too busy with his hectic schedule to stop and think about what he has achieved.

He continued: "If I sit back and start thinking about those figures, it's not going to help in my mission to stay grounded and attempt to stay a little bit normal - even though I'm completely not normal anymore!"

The chart topper went on to say he doesn't think he'll ever feel confident writing such honest music, because many of his fellow musicians do not write songs about themselves.

Talking to Digital Spy about his honesty on the album, he said: "I'll never be comfortable with it. It's going to be an ongoing battle. Even at the American Music Awards the other week, I was mixing with celebrities and people who... there's a made-up reality, if you know what I mean, in the pop world.

"By the way, it's something that I love. I love watching crazy performances that don't require a lot of singing and there's more glitter and stuff like that. But it's sometimes a little bit daunting being the only person who's just standing there and singing and not twerking. I find being honest, in the way that I am, challenging every day."

Sam Smith

Tipped young soul pop singer making a name for himself as a guest vocalist on tracks by Disclosure and Naughty Boy.

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