Sam Smith posted a sentimental message to Instagram alongside a clip in which they were visibly overwhelmed with emotion onstage.
When they walked on in Montreal, Canada for a performance as part of their Gloria tour, Smith was met with roaring applause, leaving them in tears.
They have since opened up about the moment, addressing the fans in Montreal.
“When I was in my early teens, a DVD of Rihanna’s Girl Gone Bad tour came out and the show was a the Bell Centre. I watched it religiously,” they explained. “I was totally obsessed.”
“Deep down it was my life’s mission to get to that room and to sing on that stage. My first time doing a show on that stage was at 21 years old with the In the Lonely Hour tour and it was my favourite show of the entire tour. You’ve just done it again.”
They expressed immense gratitude for the fans’ energy at the show.
“Last night made me feel a type of way I don’t think I’ve ever felt on stage. I’ve never felt so much love or heard an applause like that for myself ever. It makes every hard and challenging moment so worth it.
“The love for music and art in Montreal is astounding. I’m deeply deeply grateful to you all. You made that confused 14 year old queer kid watching @badgalriri from a TV in a tiny village in England’s dreams come true last night.”
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Fans, and other artists including Ryan Tedder and Lauren Jauregui, commented to show their support.
Despite cancelling some shows earlier this year due to a vocal injury, Sam is continuing their Gloria tour from now until November, performing at venues all over North America, Asia and Oceania.