Raised in Framlingham, Suffolk, Yorkshire-born Ed Sheeran has emerged as one of the most iconic British musicians in recent decades. After attending the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, Sheeran independently released the extended play, No. 5 Collaborations Project.
Only months after signing a deal with Asylum Records, Sheeran’s debut album topped the UK and Australian charts, reaching number five in the US with seven certified platinum records in Britain. Contained in this album was The A Team, the song which earned Sheeran the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. In 2012, Sheeran won the Brit Awards for Best British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act.
“The A Team” was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards, where he performed the song with Elton John. Sheeran’s third album also debuted at number one in the UK, the US and other major markets. By March 2017, Sheeran had accumulated ten top 10 singles on the UK singles chart, breaking Scottish DJ Calvin Harris’s record of most top 10 UK singles from one album.
His fourth single, Perfect, reached number one in the UK and Australia, while Perfect Duet, an acoustic version featuring Beyoncé, reached number one in the US. Sheeran has sold more than 26 million albums and 50 million singles worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling music artists.
Forbes have listed Sheeran as the 27th-highest-earning celebrity in the world, receiving an honorary degree from the University of Suffolk in Ipswich for his “outstanding contribution to music”. Sheeran was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to music and charity, receiving the award from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace in 2017.