Ed Sheeran added another accolade to his massive list of achievement yesterday, Oct. 2, by making history as the first performer to walk on the MTV Studios new TRL (“Total Request Live”) set. He told TRL host DC Young Fly that it felt “surreal” to be there. Sheeran participated in the show’s fun “bless up” activity by sending two super fans out in Times Square up to the studio to meet him after they explained the depth of their love and loyalty to him. Both were sporting tattoos in his honor and have followed him since his humble pre-fame beginnings. Sheeran greeted the lucky girls with hugs and presented them each with a pair of tickets to one of his stadium shows of their choice. How cool is that?
After chatting a bit with DC and playing a Twitter game, Sheeran went outside to the TRL Times Square stage and delivered a sweet, acoustic rendition of his romantic ballad “Perfect,” which is the most recent single from his chart-topping album Divide. A thick crowd of cell phone-laden fans clustered around the Grammy-winning superstar as he sang the song he called his “favorite song I’ve ever written” at a recent live show in Detroit. “Perfect” was penned for his former high school sweetheart and current girlfriend Cherry Seaborn and notably marks the first time he and his brother Matthew, who is a composer, collaborated on a song.
The humble, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter followed that performance and closed out the first-ever TRL reboot episode by playing his smash hit “Castle on the Hill.” The audience swooned and sang along to both songs. You can watch Ed Sheeran’s entire TRL “Perfect” performance in the attached video above and his "Castle on the Hill" performance in the video below.
Overall, TRL’s first episode was energetic and upbeat, with Migos kicking off the show and DJ Khaled and the entire TRL crew paying tribute and taking a moment of silence for the Las Vegas shooting victims. Khaled was dubbed “Godfather of TRL” and was given the master key. He also shared out some “motivation” by reminding everyone there and everyone watching that “love is the key” to everything. Having Ed Sheeran as the first-ever TRL studio guest was epic, as fans and critics alike agree that the British native superstar has arguably become the biggest male pop star on the planet with Divide and the Divide World Tour’s massive success.
Ed Sheeran recently announced his 2018 North American stadium tour dates, which he told DC is his first-ever North American stadium tour. Click here for a list of AXS-ticketed Ed Sheeran live shows and stay tuned to AXS for updates.