Shooting from obscurity to fame as the featured artist on Disclosure's "Latch" (2012), Sam Smith has since become one of pop's most prominent balladeers. Taking cues from soul belters like Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan, followers such as Amy Winehouse and Adele, and their own church upbringing, Smith effectively arrived as a headliner with In the Lonely Hour (2014). Multi-platinum in the singer's native U.K. and the U.S., the album also garnered Best New Artist and three additional Grammys among a slew of accolades. Smith followed up with The Thrill of It All (2017), a heartsick album favoring Southern soul and gospel, and by the end of the 2010s accumulated six number one U.K. singles. The singer entered the next decade with a handful of additional Top 20 U.K. singles that led to Love Goes (2020).