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Ed Sheeran on Performing Elton John Tribute: 'It Just Felt Like Playing a Song to a Mate'

Elton John and Ed Sheeran
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Elton John and Ed Sheeran attends the 55th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 10, 2013 in Los Angeles.

Although performing Elton John's hits in the presence of the Rocket Man himself might be a daunting task to some, Ed Sheeran didn't feel the nerves. In a video tweeted by the Recording Academy on Sunday (Apr. 8), Sheeran explained the influence John has had on him since he first became interested in music. The "Shape of You" singer also previewed his rendition of John's "Candle in the Wind" for Elton John: I'm Still Standing - A GRAMMY Salute, which airs on Tuesday night (Apr. 10) on CBS.

"Elton has had many different impacts on my life in all the different stages of my life so far," Sheeran says in the clip. "From youth it’s been getting me interested in music by listening to the songs, and teenage years getting me into songwriting by being influenced by the songs, and in adult life it’s sort of helping me charter this weird little music industry game -- helping me out basically. So it’s been quite a journey."

Sheeran has previously taken part in Grammy tribute shows for The Beatles and Stevie Wonder -- performances he said made him nervous. "I feel fortunate enough to be able to call [John] a friend, and I didn’t feel that nervous," Sheeran says. "It just felt like playing a song to a mate." In February, Sheeran's longtime manager broke off his joint venture with Rocket Music -- the management firm co-founded by John -- to go out on his own with his Stuart Camp's Grumpy Old Management group.

Viewers can watch Sheeran's full performance of "Candle in the Wind" during John's Grammy tribute,  on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET.

Watch Sheeran get candid in the clip below.

Watch @EdSheeran? get candid on why he felt comfortable performing for his friend, @EltonOfficial.

Watch him perform "Candle In The Wind" when "Elton John: I'm Still Standing — A GRAMMY Salute" airs April 10 at 9p.m., ET/PT on @CBS?! #EltonSalute pic.twitter.com/c02z1zNsoB

— Recording Academy (@RecordingAcad) April 8, 2018