Sam Smith Covers Whitney Houston During ACL Show

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This past summer and fall, Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” not only became one of the songs of the year, but one of the most covered songs of the year. Everyone from Miranda Lambert to Kelly Clarkson performed it, as it made its way up every chart imaginable and racked up multiple GRAMMY nominations.

Now, Smith is doing his own cover of an icon. He’s taken Whitney Houston’s up-beat, ’80s classic, “How Will I Know” and turned it into this slowed-down, raw version of itself. Pretty remarkable.

This version was performed on “Austin City Limits,” which airs on PBS.

Here’s the original version, for comparison’s sake.

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