Singer Sam Smith may have lost the Best Male Video Award to fellow Brit Ed Sheeran, but that didn't hold him back from giving a soulful performance of his ballad 'Stay With Me' at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.

First off, Smith was introduced by the gorgeous Kim Kardashian-West who described his voice as one of a kind -- and it truly is.

With just a pianist accompanying him, Smith's soaring vocals pierce the Forum venue. And despite the singer's heartbreaking lyrics, the audience joyously clapped their hands in unison and cheered every time he paused for dramatic effect.

Overall, it was one of the most subtle performances of the night and rightfully so. Sam Smith doesn't need any bells and whistles onstage, he simply let his voice do all the talking.