Sam Smith’s ‘demonic’ Grammys set slammed as ‘tribute to Satan’

Last week, Sam Smith’s controversial new music video I’m Not Here to Make Friends created a storm online. The singer, who identifies as non-binary and used they/them pronouns, was accused of “hypersexualized” portrayals that “normalized pornography” for children. Now, the 30-year-old’s latest content has come under fire after he dressed as a demon in a horror-movie-inspired performance of Unholy at the Grammys last night.

One wrote: “I’m really so sick of the satanic and demonic references… even with the hypocrisy, I still want to know WHY Nicki, Sam Smith, Lil Nas X and so many others reference the devil.” Another tweeted: “How do you go from those tributes to Sam Smith dressed as the devil? That devil worship performance was rubbish. And it’s been done so many times. I’m disappointed.”

After Unholy’s performance, host Trevor Noah joked about how the satanic imagery and themes would likely infuriate some viewers. The comedian pretended to be on the phone with his mother saying, “No, mom, it wasn’t the real devil… Yeah, you warned me about Hollywood. She said that she is praying for all of us.”


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