Ed Sheeran, who had started the week performing his No. 1 single “Shape of You” on Monday’s edition of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” ended it by singing that same song on Sunday’s iHeartMusic Awards. Sheeran showed off his versatility by offering up very different renditions of this tune.
At these awards, which aired live on TNT, TBS and Trutv, he kicked off his set with his signature solo performance of “Shape of You.” This multi-talent accompanied himself on acoustic guitar but added in samples of this cut from his new album new album,”÷,” which debuted Friday. He then segued into another track from the disc, “Castle on the Hill,” but was joined for this one by his band (watch above).
Last Monday, Sheeran had made merry with Jimmy Fallon and his house band, The Roots, on a kiddie version of the debut single from his third album. In the “Classroom Instruments” version of the song, Sheeran and the “Tonight Show” crew accompany themselves with music makers used by children. Sheeran is on banana shaker, Fallon pounds out beats on a bass drum and blocks and Questlove blows on a kazoo.
And on Friday’s episode of the NBC late-night staple, Sheeran was in a more serious mood, delivering a soulful rendition of the track. “Shape of You” just spent its fifth week in the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. And it has hit No. 1 on three other Billboard listing: Adult Top 40, Mainstream Top 40 and Dance/Mix Show Airplay.
Expect “÷,” which was released to rave reviews to debut at No. 1 on the next Billboard Top 200 Album chart. This is only the third studio album from this talented English singer/songwriter and is all but guaranteed to put him back in contention at next year’s Grammy Awards.
His debut, “+,” earned him a Best New Artist bid at the 2014 Grammy Awards; he lost to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. His follow-up, “x,” contended for Album of the Year last year but he lost to Taylor Swift (“1989”). And while he was bested for Record of the Year by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson for “Uptown Funk,” he did win both Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance for “Thinking Out Loud.”