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Happy birthday Sam Smith: his 23 most amazing moments so far

Happy birthday Sam Smith: his 23 most amazing moments so far

It’s a good and bad week to be Sam Smith.

The openly gay Stay With Me singer won Top Male Artist at the Billboard Music Awards last night – but was forced to accept it via video with cue cards, following throat surgery for a vocal hemorrhage.

But we hope the multimillion-selling star is in a somewhat celebratory mood despite his operation – especially as he turns 23 tomorrow [Tuesday 19 May]!

In recognition of his special day, here, we count down Mr. Smith’s 23 best moments since hitting the big time. Happy birthday Sam!

1) When he became the only artist in 2014 to sell one million albums in the US and the UK

2) The time he met fellow pop titan Katy Perry

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3) When he announced plans for a charity to help gay men struggling to come to terms with their sexuality

4) When he revealed his own sexuality to the world – in a music video

5) The time he then revealed his dry sense of humour and ‘came out’ on Twitter…as straight

6) The time he recevied kudos from fellow out singer Adam Lambert. The star told Attitude: ‘I’m so happy for him, and I’m so happy his sexuality wasn’t a big thorn in his side. It was just: "This is who I am, I’m cool with it and so you should be too."’

7) When he duetted with John Legend

8) When he won four Grammys in one night

9) When he took a stand and said he would never perform in Russia over the country’s anti-gay laws

10) The time he sang with Mary J. Blige (it’s actually happened a few times now)

11) The time Gaga namechecked him on the radio – which Sam himself called ‘one of the greatest moments of my career so far’

12) When he shut down Howard Stern’s ‘fat’ comments with a shirtless selfie

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13) Also, when he perfected the faux-surprise selfie (and forgot to shave)

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14) Plus, when he perfected the duckface selfie

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15) The week he denied Madonna her 12th UK number one album.

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16) The night he won two BRIT Awards – before admitting what he really wanted was a boyfriend. Um, we’re available?

17) When he lost 14 pounds in two weeks (although he looked gorgeous before too)

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18) The week he scored his first UK number one single in 2013 – featuring on the Naughty Boy hit La La La.

19) The night he won Favourite Male Artist at the American Music Awards

 20) The day he admired his own huge head

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21) The time he duetted with Ed Sheeran

22) When he scored his first Rolling Stone magazine cover

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23) And finally, in our favourite Sam Smith moment ever…the time he picked King Kong as his childhood crush. Never change, Sam, never change

Photos: Twitter, Instagram, Dolce & Gabbana, Rolling Stone