Sam Smith describes nervous Oscars performance as ‘the worst moment of my life’

British singer also said he didn't expect to win Best Original Song gong

Sam Smith has described his performance at last night’s Oscars ceremony as “the worst moment of my life”, adding that he “hated every moment of it”.

The British singer won the Best Original Song award for his Bond song ‘Writing’s On The Wall’. He had performed the Spectre theme live earlier at the ceremony in Los Angeles.

Speaking after the event, Smith told the BBC: “That was honestly the worst moment of my life. Singing was horrible – I hated every moment of it. I was so nervous. That’s the truth. I want to say to everyone at home, we love you.”


Smith accepted the award for Best Original Song with his co-writer Jimmy Napes. “I genuinely didn’t think we were going to win at all,” he later said. “We’re in complete shock. The whole thing’s just amazing.”

Describing himself as feeling “overwhelmed, happy, insecure – all those things at the same time”, Smith added: “It’s only downhill from here… I’m going to retire, I’m done with music!”

Smith dedicated his Oscar win to the LGBT community during his acceptance speech. “I read an article that said no openly gay man had ever won an Oscar, and if this is the case, I want to dedicate this to the LGBT community all around the world,” Smith said as he collected his prize.

Smith had mistakenly been referring to the fact that no openly gay actor had one an Oscar. “I stand here tonight as a proud gay man and I hope we can all stand together as equals one day,” he continued during his speech.

Check out the full list of winners at this year’s Academy Awards here

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