Ed Sheeran delivered a heartfelt and emotional performance of “Supermarket Flowers” at The 2018 BRIT Awards which took place on Feb. 21 at London’s O2 Arena. Sheeran was accompanied by a pianist and guitar player as he stood at the microphone and sang the soft ballad, which he wrote to honor his late grandmother after her passing.
Sheeran wore a red jacket and jeans with a pin near his lapel and a band on his left ring finger. In an E News interview, Sheeran dispelled rumors he is already married to his fiancée Cherry Seaborn and revealed she made the band out of silver clay for him as an engagement ring. The Grammy-winning artist's vocals are tender and sweet as he softly bids his grandmother “spread your wings as you go/And when God takes you back, He’ll say Hallelujah, you’re home.” (Watch his entire performance in the video embedded above.)
As previously reported, Sheeran’s grandmother passed away before “Divide” was finished. Before she died, she urged the “Shape of You” singer to collaborate with his brother, Matthew, (who is referenced in a “Supermarket Flowers” lyric). Matthew is a composer and Sheeran fulfilled her wish by teaming up with him on his chart-topping romantic ballad “Perfect,” which Sheeran wrote for Seaborn. Sheeran teamed with world-renowned vocalist Andrea Bocelli for an orchestral version of the track, for which Matthew did the symphonic arrangement.
The British native superstar received the Global Success Award this year, increasing his BRIT Award collection to five career wins to date. He was nominated for four more BRIT Awards this year, including Mastercard British Artist Album of the Year for Divide. “Supermarket Flowers” was never released as an official single from the album but hit the Top 10 of the UK singles chart, peaking at No. 8.
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