Ed Sheeran has undoubtedly had a massive year, accruing more than 6 billion Spotify streams and being named Billboard’s top artist of the year, in addition to having his track “Shape of You” take home the Hot 100 Song of the Year title. Billboard’s Kevan Kenney caught up with the singer-songwriter backstage at iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball in New York City on Friday night to chat about his past 12 months, which he admits have been “pretty mad” but have gone a lot better than he had anticipated.
“There’s lots of things that haven’t gone my way this year, but lots of things that have,” Sheeran says. “It’s been weird. There’s been some things I’ve been so spot-on sure that they’re gonna happen, like headlining Glastonbury. I remember walking out and being like, ‘This is gonna be my best show of the year’ and then walking off and being like, ‘Oh, I don’t know,’ like I just didn’t feel what I thought I’d feel.
“Whereas there’s other things where stuff was completely unexpected,” he adds. “Like getting Beyoncé on the remix of ‘Perfect,’ that was something that just happened. So it’s been like a year of when one door closes, another one opens.”