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Sam Smith aims to please at a sold-out Greek Theatre
Sam Smith aims to please at a sold-out Greek Theatre

When writing songs about gender and sexuality, there’s no more powerful tool than a pronoun. Whether it’s “he,” “she” or something in between, the ability to be specific in describing who we are (and who we want) is an artist’s hard-won right. So when Sam Smith, the 22-year-old British soul vocalist and the most commercially successful gay male pop singer right now, covered Whitney Houston’s  “How Will I Know” in concert Monday night, it was jarring when he changed the object of affection in its lyrics from “he” to a generic “you.” Smith has always been open (if relatively modest) about his...

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