"What is the one thing a ginger misses about partying?" Pause. "The invitation." So says music's Great Red Hope, a self-deprecating, unglamorous heartthrob who attracts fans to arenas with just an acoustic guitar.

"I like comfy shoes -- the bigger ones that are squishier on the inside," Ed Sheeran explains, slightly muffled by an Adidas box obscuring his face. References are made to a pair of pointy leather shoes that he was talked into trying on the morning of the 2013 Grammys, when he was up for best new artist. Those respectable wingtips lasted about 10 seconds.

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