Listen to Sam Smith’s Ethereal Cover of “Beautiful”
Grammy award-winning artist Sam Smith has released a cover of pop icon Christina Aguilera's 'Beautiful' (listen below). The song was originally written by Linda Perry.
Smith has put their spin on the noughties power ballad to celebrate the start of Pride Month for Amazon Originals, and has shared how the anthem of "true acceptance" inspired them to be themselves.
The global pop star - who is non-binary and uses the pronouns they/them - said in a statement: "I've been such a massive fan of Christina's for as long as I can remember and will never forget the first time I heard "Beautiful" and how personally it spoke to me.
"The song is a true acceptance anthem and continues to inspire me with its important message to never stop celebrating who you are. I'm honored to have the opportunity to offer my rendition."
The single's cover art sees Smith wearing a frilly pink costume, which they posted on Instagram, along with the caption: "Opening Pride Month with a cover of one of my favourite songs by the incomparable @xtina. This is 'Beautiful' for @amazonmusic. Link in stories. Happy Pride everyone."
Meanwhile, Smith has plenty to celebrate. Along with continuing their expansive world tour in support of their latest album, Gloria, the British singer-songwriter has also just announced their new single with Madonna titled "Vulgar," which is set to be released on Friday, June 9.
Earlier this year at the Grammys, Madonna, 64, presented Smith and Kim Petras, 30, with their award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance prize for "Unholy", where she praised the duo's "fearlessness", saying: "It gives me great pleasure to introduce two incredibly talented artists who have risen above the noise, the doubt, the critics; into something beautifully unholy. Here are two Grammy Award winners, Sam Smith and Kim Petras."
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