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."