Watch: Sam Smith Performs ‘Stay With Me’ At The 2014 MTV VMAs

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Sam Smith made his MTV Video Music Awards debut tonight (Aug. 24) with a performance of his ballad “Stay With Me.” Flexing his vocal muscles with just a spotlight and a mic stand, Smith’s voice was the only spectacle necessary for an emotion-inducing belting of the track.

Raising Kylie and Kendall Jenner to their feet as they looked on, the masterful English singer’s somber performance proved efficient and beautifully simplistic.

Watch Sam Smith perform “Stay With Me” at the 2014 VMAs above.