Sam Smith Hilariously Channels 'Love Actually' With Billboard Acceptance Speech
By Sophie Schillaci
Leave it to Sam Smith to steal the spotlight at the Billboard Music Awards -- when he wasn't even there.
As the 22-year-old recovers from vocal cord surgery in New York, he made a surprise appearance at the Las Vegas ceremony via satellite. Offering a heart-felt "Thank You" to his fans after winning the award for Top New Artist, via handwritten notes on over-sized cue cards, Smith went on to re-create an iconic scene from Love Actually, offering cheeky hellos to some of his famous pals in the audience.
"Taylor," read one card, as an audience camera cut to Taylor Swift. "Put a 100 on Black for me :)"
Next up: Nicki Minaj.
"Oh... My... God...," he wrote, "Look at her bum!"
And last but definitely not least, Smith revealed a special surprise for fellow Brit Ed Sheeran.
"And Ed," he teased, "I've organised a special dance for you at Chippendales." (Ever the good sport, Sheeran could be seen laughing along at the gag from his seat next to Calvin Harris in the audience.)