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Sam Smith wins top BMI Awards

Sam Smith's amazing year (15) has continued with the Song of the Year prize at the 2015 BMI London Awards.

The 23 year old picked up the prestigious Robert S. Musel award for Stay With Me at a Dorchester Hotel gala on Monday night (19Oct15), beating off stiff competition from Ed Sheeran and Hozier.


The honor is given to the most-performed song of the previous year by U.K. or European writers in the BMI catalog on U.S. radio and television.


Smith also swept the night's Pop Awards with gongs for Stay With Me, I'm Not The Only One, Latch and his contribution to La La La.


John Newman was also a big winner, claiming the Pop Awards for Love Me Again and Blame.


There were also wins for Graham Gouldman (BMI Icon), Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (BMI Million-Air Award) and The Bee Gees, Sting and Des'ree for the songs Islands In The Stream, Roxanne and You Gotta Be, respectively.


Smith's big night comes days after the singer smashed the record for the most consecutive weeks in the U.K. albums top 10 chart for a debut - In the Lonely Hour entered the top 10 in May, 2014 and dropped out last week (ends18Oct15), marking a 69-week run. It beats previous record holder Emeli Sande, who remained in the top 10 for 63 weeks with her debut Our Version of Events.


Earlier this month (Oct15), he became the first singer to achieve a number one with a James Bond theme tune for Writing's on the Wall.


Both feats have been recognized by the Guinness World Records.