It’s the weekend of the 57th Grammy’s and Sam Smith is rolling with the big dogs, nominated for six trophies alongside Beyoncé and Pharrell Williams. Gearing up for the big show, the British crooner drops his most controversial video to date from In the Lonely Hour, that keeps his name buzzing amongst his peers.
Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down” serves as the singer’s dreams of marriage equality in visual form. The four minute video released yesterday (Feb. 5), kicks off with Smith somberly belting the beautiful lyrics at what appears to be, a funeral. Halfway through, the “Stay With Me” singer makes his way through the parish church in St. Margaret, Lee outside of London and there, the video flips in direction. The crowd shifts in attire, switching from black to white, with an image of Smith holding hands and marrying his partner before a sea of overjoyed supporters.
Taking to Facebook to express his thoughts on the controversial video, Sam Smith says, “This song holds a very dear place in my heart. With this video myself and Ryan Hope the director have decided to make a statement and showcase something we passionately believe in. This video shows my dreams that one day gay men and women and transgendered men and women all over the world, like all our straight families and friends, will be able to get married under any roof, in any city, in any town, in any village, in any country. I hope you enjoy it. I love you all x.”
The Grammy-nominated artist shared with Rolling Stone the pride he felt in being the first to showcase a gay marriage in a church, as it is an illegal act internationally. “It’s obviously not a real marriage, but still. The priest just said to us, ‘We’re going against the rules by doing this today,’ which I thought was a lovely element in the video.”
Check out Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down” below.