Ed Sheeran performed at the 2017 MTV VMAs on Sunday night.
He started with his hit song, “Shape of You.” He was wearing a black t-shirt with a red collared button-down — in typical Sheeran fashion.
Before taking the stage, Sheeran posted the following on Instagram.
Sheeran is nominated for three Video Music Awards this evening. The music video for his hit single, “Shape of You,” is nominated for Best Pop Video. Meanwhile, “Castle on a Hill” is nominated for Best Cinematography. Sheeran is also nominated for one of the most coveted awards of the evening (perhaps second to Video of the Year), Artist of the Year.
In his career, Sheeran has been nominated for 11 VMAs, but he has only won once. Back in 2014. Sheeran took home the Moon Man for Best Male Video for “Sing” featuring Pharrell Williams.
Fans are hoping that Sheeran will take home his second VMA tonight. He has a very good chance, given the success of his song “Shape of You,” which has been living high up on the charts for months. The song spent 12 weeks in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. The music video for “Shape of You” has also done some pretty magical things for Sheeran — with over $2 billion views, it’s safe to say that it’s popular.
As far as Artist of the Year goes, that category may be more tough for Sheeran to navigate. He will compete against Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Ariana Grande, Lorde, and the Weeknd.
What’s coming up on Sheeran’s agenda? The singer/songwriter has joined a team of musicians to perform in small venues (literally, people’s homes) to air refugees, according to Time.
“Musicians such as Ed Sheeran, Kate Tempest and Fossils will play small concerts in ordinary peoples’ homes in two hundred cities around the world next month, as part of Amnesty International’s Give a Home concert series. The one-day program, announced the same day as World Refugee Day, takes place on Sept. 20. The collaboration between Amnesty International and music promoter Sofar Sounds puts artists into the homes of music fans who applied to host the gigs, in order to help raise the profile of those who have been forced to flee their homes.”