Sam Smith’s Grammy nominated hit “Stay With Me” has been the centre of controversy since late October when Tom Petty’s publishers noticed the similarities in the chorus to “I Won’t Back Down”. Although Smith has agreed to give Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne the cowriting credit, they will not be included in the song’s Grammy nominations.
Tom Petty released this statement earlier today on his website, assuring fans that there are no hard feelings and no legal action will be taken:
“About the Sam Smith thing. Let me say I have never had any hard feelings toward Sam. All my years of songwriting have shown me these things can happen. Most times you catch it before it gets out the studio door but in this case it got by. Sam’s people were very understanding of our predicament and we easily came to an agreement. The word lawsuit was never even said and was never my intention. And no more was to be said about it. How it got out to the press is beyond Sam or myself. Sam did the right thing and I have thought no more about this. A musical accident no more no less. In these times we live in this is hardly news. I wish Sam all the best for his ongoing career. Peace and love to all.”
Take a listen to both tracks overlaid below: