Ed Sheeran called the awards ceremonies “horrible” and admitted that he often left them “feeling sad”.
After his appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York on September 12, he told Audacy’s Julia Show, “The venue is filled with resentment and hatred towards everyone and it’s a pretty uncomfortable atmosphere. It’s just that a lot of people want other people to fail and I don’t like that.
He deflected the blame from his fellow musicians. “All artists are lovely people, but they’re surrounded by people who want them to win too, so it’s one artist surrounded by 10 people and another artist surrounded by 10 people and everyone is looking at each other in some way. so. “
Sheeran said American ceremonies were worse than their British counterparts, where “everyone gets drunk and no one really cares who wins or loses.”
He said his feelings were common among his peers. “People have the same feeling as I do at these awards shows. I’ve talked to people and they’re like, “I just felt really depressed after… It’s a really, really horrible atmosphere to be in there. I always leave sad and I don’t like it.
Over the course of his career, Sheeran has been nominated for 328 different awards and won 117, including four Grammys, four Brits and four Ivor Novello.
His fourth solo album, =, is released on October 29. He described the butterflies on the album cover as representing “new life” including his experiences of marriage, becoming a father and losing friend and mentor Michael Gudinski, an Australian record company manager who died in March. .
The lead single, Bad Habits, was No.1 in the UK for 11 weeks. Sheeran is set to move back to number one this Friday with the album’s second single, Shivers. He will become his 11th No.1 in the UK, giving him a combined 52 weeks in first place. Only Elvis Presley (80 weeks) and The Beatles (69) spent more time at No.1.
In 2017, the Official Charts company changed the rules for ranking UK singles after Sheeran’s latest album, ÷, pushed 16 songs into the Top 20 in its week of release due to its success on the UK’s platforms. streaming. Thereafter, only the three most popular songs by an artist were eligible for inclusion in the Top 100.