Sam Smith is getting ready to snag the Cultural Innovator Award at The Fashion Awards 2023 (TFA). Hosted by the British Fashion Council, the event is the go-to fundraiser for the BFC Foundation, blending fashion seamlessly with culture and entertainment vibes. Scheduled for December 4th at the Royal Albert Hall in London, it’s the kind of night where style meets purpose, excellence, and creativity under the same spotlight.

The Cultural Innovator Award recognizes game-changers in the entertainment biz who’ve dropped viral fashion moments throughout the year, leaving their mark on both the industry and the broader culture. Sam Smith, the Grammy-winning non-binary artist, has been making waves with their fearless and fluid fashion choices. With a collection of five Grammys, three Brits, and a stack of other accolades, Smith is a force to be reckoned with.

Acknowledged for sparking conversations about self-expression, identity, and inclusivity through their wardrobe choices, Smith’s impact is undeniable. Their fourth studio album, “Gloria,” hit the scene in January 2023, setting the stage for a tour that’s as visually striking as the music. Collaborating with an array of creative minds, Smith’s fashion moments have become the stuff of internet legend.

Take the custom black balloon latex look at the Brit Awards 2023, courtesy of London-based designer HARRI. That ensemble was an online sensation, making it one of the most talked-about fashion moments of the year. And that’s just one example. Fast forward to the Grammy Awards where Smith donned a custom all-red Valentino getup, standing tall with fellow artists like Kim Petras and drag queens Violet Chachki and Gottmik. It was bold, daring, and exactly what you’d expect from an artist who knows how to amplify queer culture on a global stage.

What sets Smith apart is not just their collaboration with big fashion names but also their knack for working with emerging designers. From London showcases to the catwalks of Paris, Smith’s fashion journey is a testament to their commitment to individuality and the celebration of emerging talent in the industry.

Caroline Rush, Chief Executive, British Fashion Council: “We are thrilled to honor Sam Smith with the very first Cultural Innovator Award at The Fashion Awards 2023. Smith is a true cultural innovator who has fearlessly pushed the boundaries of both fashion and entertainment and inspired countless individuals across the world to embrace their true selves. Smith’s unapologetic and groundbreaking style choices have dominated the industry in 2023 and we are incredibly grateful for their continued support of UK designers. We look forward to celebrating with them in December.”