Our fact-filled, three-part series, ABCs of Ed Sheeran concludes below with Part 3: Q-Z. Read on to learn more about the Grammy-winning pop superstar.
Q is for Quirky
Ed Sheeran embraces his quirky side and overcame a stuttering problem by memorizing and rapping Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP. In his inspirational speech at the American Institute for Stuttering’s Freeing Voices Changing Lives 2015 Benefit Gala, Sheeran gave some great advice to his young audience.
He said, “If you try to be the cool kid in class, you'll end up very boring and doing plumbing for someone who apparently wasn't that cool. Be yourself. Embrace your quirks. Being weird is a wonderful thing.… I have a f**ing football team now, that's pretty cool!" You can watch the entire speech in the attached video.
R is for Rupert Grint
Ed Sheeran tapped lookalike “Harry Potter” star Rupert Grint, to appear in his “Lego House” video. The Ron Weasley actor recently pretended to be Sheeran on “MTV After Hours” and confessed, “After Potter, all I wanted to do was stretch myself, create some real magic, so I created a character. He'd have the voice of an angel, impossibly wispy facial hair, so I bought a guitar and a bunch of flannel, and I called him Ed, Ed Sheeran." Will the real Ed Sheeran please stand up? (If he exists!)
S is for Sausages with Ketchup
Sausages with ketchup must rank high on Ed Sheeran’s list of favorite foods. He mentions eating them while penning his handwritten liner note on the inside of the Divide vinyl album.
The note reads: “Thanks so much for buying the album. You beautiful human! I’m writing this note on my kitchen table eating sausages with ketchup. They are awesome. Hope you like the album.” Watch his Instagram video about the special note in the video below.
T is for Taylor-N-Ed4Eva
Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran are self-professed BFFs. Sheeran opened for Swift’s Red World Tour and they collaborated on the romantic duet “Everything Has Changed.” There’s even another unproduced, never-before-heard Ed-and-Taylor song that he kept on his phone. Wouldn’t it be cool if the song shows up on Taylor Swift’s next album?
U is for Ubiquitous
After the massive success of Divide in the first quarter of 2017, Ed Sheeran is everywhere. He’s topping charts. He’s setting precedents and breaking records. His ubiquitous presence and widespread appeal is felt by millions of people across the vast global musical landscape and it’s a beautiful thing.
V is for Van Morrison
In a 2015 Rolling Stone interview, the “Lego House” singer credits Van Morrison’s Irish Heartbeats album as some of the music that shaped him as an artist. His parents played it for him during road trips and it eventually inspired his writing process. Sheeran gives a shout out to Van the Man on his chart-busting single, “Shape of You,” which was originally intended for Rihanna. The Van Morrison reference influenced his decision to keep it for himself. Looks like that was a smart move, wasn’t it?
W is for Wembley
To date, Ed Sheeran is the only solo artist to play London’s Wembley Stadium as a solo act (sans band and backup singers), with just a microphone, guitar, and a loop pedal. He played to a total of more than 240,000 fans over a three-day period. Not even his mentor Sir Elton John did that.
X is for “X Factor UK”
Ed Sheeran penned a beautiful Christmas song for 2016 “X Factor UK” champ Matt Terry to use as his winner’s single. “When Christmas Comes Around” speaks of pining for lost love during the holidays and Sheeran’s romantic sensibility shines through it. The track debuted at No. 3 on the UK Singles Chart and stayed in the Top 20 for three consecutive weeks.
Y is for “Yellow Pages”
This ethereal track is classic Ed Sheeran looking back on love with regret. It’s one of those special, rare songs from his 2007 EP Want Some? It’s Sheeran before he skyrocketed into the superstar stratosphere. The track is stripped down, lovely, and pure.
Z is for Zara Larsson
Sheeran teamed with Swedish singing sensation Zara Larsson to co-write the song “Don’t Let Me Be Yours” from her sophomore album So Good, which dropped on March 17. Sheeran promoted the song on Instagram and Twitter and can even be heard on the track doing backup vocals.
Ed Sheeran is currently touring to support Divide. Click here for information on AXS-ticketed live shows.