Ed Sheeran is a Grammy Award-winning English singer-songwriter known for songs such as "Thinking Out Loud," "The A Team," and "Shape of You."
In early 2011, Sheeran independently released the extended play, No. 5 Collaborations Project. After signing with Asylum Records, his debut album, + (pronounced "plus"), was released in September 2011. It topped the UK and Australian charts, reached #5 in the US and has since been certified eight-times platinum in the UK. The album contains the single "The A Team," which earned him 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.
His second studio album, x (pronounced "multiply"), was released in June 2014. It peaked at #1 in the UK and the US and was named the second-best-selling album worldwide of 2015. In 2015, x won the Brit Award for Album of the Year, and he received the Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors. His single from x, "Thinking Out Loud," earned him two Grammy Awards at the 2016 ceremony: Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.
Sheeran's third album, ÷ (pronounced "divide"), was released in March 2017. The album debuted at #1 in the UK, the US, and other major markets, and was the best-selling album worldwide of 2017. The first two singles from the album, "Shape of You" and "Castle on the Hill," were released in January 2017 and broke records in a number of countries, including the UK, Australia, and Germany, by debuting in the top two positions of the charts. He also became the first artist to have two songs debut in the US top 10 in the same week. By March 2017, Sheeran had accumulated ten top 10 singles from ÷ on the UK Singles Chart, breaking the record for most top 10 UK singles from one album. His fourth single from ÷, "Perfect," reached #1 in the US, Australia, and the UK. Released in 2019, his fourth studio album, No.6 Collaborations Project, debuted atop the UK and US charts and spawned three UK #1 singles, "I Don't Care," "Beautiful People," and "Take Me Back to London."
Sheeran has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling music artists.
In December 2019, the Official Charts Company named him the artist of the decade, with the most combined success in the UK album and singles charts in the 2010s. Globally, Spotify named him the second most-streamed artist of the decade. Beginning in March 2017, his ÷ Tour became the highest-grossing of all time in August 2019. An alumnus of the National Youth Theatre in London, as an actor Sheeran has portrayed a recurring role on "The Bastard Executioner," and in 2019, he appeared in the film Yesterday.
In 2019, Sheeran's album No.6 Collaborations Project was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album in the 62nd Grammy Awards, a category that he previously won at the 60th Grammy Awards for ÷.
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