December 09, 2014 at 08:44 PM EST

Sam Smith wants you to have a merry little Christmas—but he doesn’t sound too merry while delivering that message in a just-released cover of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

Smith’s version begins with the singer going a capella before a piano joins in to accompany him in what turns out to be a beautiful—of course—and slightly sad performance of the Christmas classic, originally sung by Judy Garland in 1944’s Meet Me in St. Louis.

Besides becoming one of 2014’s biggest breakout stars, Smith is also a first-time Grammy nominee: The singer recently nabbed six Grammy nominations, including an Album of the Year nod for his debut record, In The Lonely Hour.

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