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Sam Smith

Sam Smith has been named the winner of the BBC Sound Of 2014 poll.

Sam Smith's mantlepiece must be stretched to breaking point. After all, the rising singer has already won some of the most important awards the British music industry can fling at him - and it's not even February yet.

Last night (January 9th) Sam Smith picked up the BRIT Critics Choice award, following in the footsteps of Adele, Tom Odell and more.

Now the Disclosure collaborator has scooped the BBC Sound Of 2014 poll. Collating the tastes of numerous individuals across the music industry, it is widely seen as one of the most important showcases for new talent.

"I’m completely speechless" said the 21 year-old singer. "It’s a huge compliment to be recognised by the industry and the BBC in this way".

But what will this really mean for Sam Smith's career? Clash examines the Sound Of... poll and finds that it might not be the boost some are anticipating.

Check out our critique HERE.

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