It should have been one of the greatest nights of his life, but it appears Sam Smith had a miserable experience at the Academy Awards.
Of course there’s all the furor over his comment about being the “first” gay person to win an Oscar. (Smith allegedly clarified later that night that “I think I’m the second openly gay person to win it.” Also not accurate.)
But then the British crooner admitted he wasn’t a fan of his performance of “Writing’s on the Wall” during the ceremony.
“It was the worst moment of my life,” Smith told the BBC at Vanity Fair’s Oscars party. “[The] singing was horrible. I hated every minute.”
He wasn’t alone: Twitter lit up with people complaining about his pitch-y singing.
It's been several minutes since his performance ended and I can still hear the notes Sam Smith didn't hit.
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) February 29, 2016
According to Entertainment Tonight, a reporter later caught up with the “Stay With Me” singer and brought up openly gay lyricist Howard Ashman, who won two Oscars for Best Song—first in 1989 for The Little Mermaid’s “Under the Sea” and again in 1991 with the title song from Beauty and the Beast.
“I should know him,” Smith purportedly replied, adding “We should date.” Sadly Ashman died in 1991 following complications from AIDS.
Maybe Smith should just stop talking to reporters for a bit?