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Ed Sheeran says US awards show ‘horrible’, ‘hate filled’

Tell us how you really feel, Ed Sheeran.

The English singer-songwriter didn’t mince words about his contempt for US awards in an interview following the 2021 MTV VMAs where he performed over the weekend.

“The room is filled with resentment and hatred towards everyone and it’s a pretty uncomfortable atmosphere,” the 30-year-old said in an interview Tuesday with radio host Julia on her segment Audacy “The Julia Show. “.

The problem is not that his fellow artists are toxic, he said, but the competitive energy generated by their groupies and the context.

“All the artists are lovely people, but they’re like, surrounded by people around who want them to win too, so it’s one artist with ten people and another artist with ten people and everyone’s giving it away. sort of the side-eye, ”Sheeran continued.

VMAs aren’t just miserable, he added, noting that the aggressive connotations shadow virtually every well-known American entertainment price tag.

“It has nothing to do with MTV or the awards show, it’s all the other awards shows,” he said, before naming the Grammys, AMAs and Billboards. “It’s just that a lot of people want other people to fail and I don’t like that.”

Ed Sheeran on stage for the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards.
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He explained that the British are much less intense when it comes to awarding top honors, not least because everyone gets dirty at British shows.

“In England our awards show is like everyone gets drunk and nobody really cares who wins or loses, it’s just a good night out,” said Sheeran, who has won over 117 awards, including four Grammys and one American Music. Prize during his career.

For the same reasons, afters aren’t much better.

“The afters, again… it’s not just musicians. It’s the musicians, everyone around them, then you have influencers and blah blah blah, “he said.

Talking to his colleagues has proven to him that he is not the only one who feels overwhelmed by the American culture of the awards ceremony.

“People have the same feeling as I do at these awards shows,” he said. “I’ve talked to people and they’re like, ‘I just felt really depressed afterwards.’ The vibe just isn’t nice… It’s a really, really horrible atmosphere to be in there. I always leave sad and I don’t like it.