VMAs 2014: Is Sam Smith the male Adele?

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Sam Smith kept it simple for his debut performance at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. The "Stay With Me" crooner sang his hit single for a packed crowd at The Forum live on Aug. 24. 

Smith, looking dapper in a plain black suit, hit the high notes he's recently become very famous for. There weren't any big explosions or fancy dancers. In fact, his performance seemed very reminiscent of Adele's toned down performance of "Someone Like You" in 2011. 

Check out the video of his dulcet performance below. 

Photo/Video credit: Getty Images / MTV