Ed Sheeran's latest album exploded when it was released in March this year and the following months have been an absolute whirlwind for the ginger singer.
But after three albums and countless performances, the 26-year-old has been awarded an MBE for his services to the music industry at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Prince Charles presented the 'Shape of You' singer with the award - which Ed says was a surreal experience.
Speaking after the event, Sheeran said: "He was asking me if I was still selling lots of records and I told him I've got a concert in New York tomorrow, and he was quite surprised I was flying after this."
The 26-year-old also alluded to the secret to his success: "I think it's persistence. I don't have a vast amount of talent compared to other people.
"I think talent is like 30 percent of it and persistence, drive and self-belief are the other ones, which I guess are all the same thing."
I mean, that's a laugh that he doesn't think he has a 'vast' amount of talent. If you've seen him perform or heard any of his songs - they're bloody incredible and he's been collaborated with some of the biggest names in music.
Sheeran most recently released a reworking of his song 'Perfect' with none other than Beyoncé, with whom he's performed on stage with before.
An MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) is handed out for an outstanding achievement in the community which ends up having a long-lasting impact.
Sources: Daily Mail
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