Ed Sheeran is up for the BMI London Song of the Year Award for the third year in a row and fellow Brit and former “X Factor UK” champ James Arthur is competing against him, the Press Association reports.
Sheeran has won the award for the past two years. Last year, he won the award for “Love Yourself” which he co-wrote with Benny Blanco and Justin Bieber. Bieber performed the song and it was featured on his 2015 album Purpose. Sheeran also won the prestigious award in 2016 for his Grammy-winning ballad “Thinking Out Loud.” The British native singer-songwriter co-wrote the song with his frequent collaborator, Amy Wadge.
This year, Sheeran is nominated for his record-breaking, chart-topping song “Shape of You,” which he co-wrote with Steve Mac and Johnny McDaid, with additional writing credits given to Kandi Burress, Tameka Cottle and Kevin Briggs. Last year, “Shape of You” was named the most streamed song of all time in the UK and was also the biggest-selling song in the UK, halfway through 2017.
James Arthur is nominated this year for his timeless, chart-topping love song “Say You Won’t Let Go.” Arthur co-wrote the song with Neil Ormandy and Steve Solomon. The track is the lead single from his second studio album Back From the Edge. He performed the song on numerous television shows including “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “America’s Got Talent” last year.
“Shape of You” has already won the BMI Pop Song of the Year Award. The BMI London Song of the Year prize reportedly recognizes the most played track by UK or European Writers from the BMI catalog across radio and television in the U.S. The award will be presented in a private ceremony held at the Dorchester Hotel on Oct. 1. BMI president and chief executive Mike O’Neill will host.
Ed Sheeran is touring to support Divide into 2019, including a show at Ipswich Chantry Park in Ipswich, the United Kingdom on Aug. 23 (Tickets) and Aug. 24 (Tickets). Stay tuned to AXS for Ed Sheeran updates.