Ed Sheeran can add another impressive notch to his songwriting belt. The British pop superstar received the 2017 BMI London Song of the Year award (aka The Robert S. Musel Award), as performed by Justin Bieber. The track was co-written by Sheeran, Bieber, and Benny Blanco for Bieber’s fourth studio album, Purpose. The Song of the Year award recognizes “the most performed song of 2016 by UK or European writers in the BMI catalog. Jay Kay was the prestigious 2017 BMI President's Award winner.
Sheeran’s win in the category marks his second in a row, following his Song of the Year win last year for “Thinking Out Loud.” Sheeran also snagged a Best Lyrics award last year at the iHeartRadio Music Awards for “Love Yourself,” which he shared with Blanco and Bieber. During his acceptance speech, Sheeran humbly noted, “Me and Benny started this song in the back of a tour bus and it’s gone on to do a lot more than we thought it would.”
That “lot more” for the track’s performance and reception includes two Grammy nominations for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, as well as topping the Billboard Hot 100, UK Singles Chart and the Adult Contemporary charts. At Billboard’s end-of-the-year Hot 100 ranking, it was named the Best Performing Single of 2016.
Ed Sheeran has notably written or co-written lots of songs for other artists including One Direction, Taylor Swift, Olly Murs and more. He’s arguably dominated the 2017 music scene with the massive success of his record-breaking third studio album, ÷ (Divide) and has sold-out venues around the globe on his Divide World Tour. He notably made the 2017 Mercury Prize shortlist and was named the 2017 Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award recipient. Beyond touring, he recently made history as the first performer to set foot on the MTV Studio set for the TRL series reboot.
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