Grammys: Mary J. Blige Joins Sam Smith on "Stay With Me"

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The six-time Grammy nominee and R&B vet teamed up for their gospel-tinged version of Smith's hit track.

Sam Smith and Mary J. Blige brought their gospel-tinged version of "Stay With Me" to the Grammys.

Smith walked onstage, backed by a large orchestra, to cheers from the audience, and sang the first verse of his hit. Blige then walked out and sang to Smith. The duo were later joined by backup singers who filed in from the wings.

The duet ended with Smith and Blige singing to each other, with Smith taking her hand before they embraced at the conclusion of the performance.

Taylor Swift introduced their performance after presenting Smith with the best new artist trophy earlier in the show.

In addition to their "Stay With Me" duet, Blige and Smith also collaborated on "Therapy" from her 13th studio album, The London Sessions.

Blige is also featured on Disclosure's best dance recording nominee "F for You."

Smith, meanwhile, went into Sunday night tied with Beyonce and Pharrell Williams for a leading six nominations. The Darkchild version of "Stay With Me" was up for record of the year, song of the year and best pop solo performance. Smith was also up for album of the year, best pop vocal album and best new artist. At the time of his performance, he'd already won the best new artist and best pop vocal album awards. And although he later lost the album of the year prize to Beck, Smith won both record and song of the year.

"I just want to say that before I made this record, I was doing everything to try and get my music heard," Smith said when he accepted the Grammy for best pop vocal album. "It was only until I started to be myself that the music started to flow and people started to listen."

Natalie Stone contributed to this report.