The singer's stripped-down performance was the talk of Twitter immediately after it aired

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Sam Smith‘s hit song “Stay with Me” is still all over the airwaves (and the Internet), and after his restrained, stripped-down performance of the haunting tune on the VMAs, most of Twitter seemed to fall in love with the singer as well.

“I’m just going to sing my heart out and I can’t believe I’m performing. It hasn’t really hit me yet,” he said before taking the stage.

Smith also started his evening out right, Tweeting a picture with Beyoncé when he arrived at the highly anticipated event.

And after his performance (see it below), Twitter blew up with praise for the singer.

But the cheering crowds don’t faze Smith – especially when he’s in America. “American audiences are louder, which I really like. I think they should be,” he told reporters.

“It’s early days, everyone could just piss off and leave me, but I feel like these people are going to stay with me. I feel like audiences are going to stick with me. I hope so.”

Take one look at this adorable, mid-singing smile and tell us you don’t feel the same way.

Additional reporting by CHRISTINA DUGAN

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