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Ed Sheeran: Would he really beat Bruno Mars, had he been nominated?

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    Quite frankly, it would’ve been interesting. A sweep would’ve been less likely, and heck even Kendrick would’ve had a better chance.

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    If Ed Sheeran wasn’t an idiot and submitted “Castle on the Hill” for Song of the Year, he would’ve easily won in a barren field. But instead he submitted “Shape of You”, a song about loving a woman for her body and for sex. Fucking disgusting.

    Have you ever listened to “That’s what I like”? Sexist as fuck lol

    Yeah “That’s What I Like” is a terrible choice for SOTY but I think “Shape of You” would’ve been even worse. I would’ve settled for songs like “Something Just Like This” to win SOTY. At least the lyrics in that song aren’t sexist.

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    Ed and Bruno being nominated together might have allowed for a Kendrick win in AOTY. But Ed would have won ROTY and SOTY.

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    Also, Shape of You and That’s What I Like are not sexist. What the hell is wrong with some of you?

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    Also, Shape of You and That’s What I Like are not sexist. What the hell is wrong with some of you?

    They are sexualized songs. I remember people criticizing SZA’s music for always being about sex, which is not true, but praising Bruno’s music.

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    They are sexualized songs. I remember people criticizing SZA’s music for always being about sex, which is not true, but praising Bruno’s music.

    Sexual, yes, but not sexist. There are users here claiming it’s sexist to sing about a woman’s body or having sex with a woman.

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    I think he would’ve won Record and Song and Bruno still wins Album. I want to believe he would’ve gotten in instead of Jay Z, meaning Kendrick gets more votes and wins, but at this point, it’s ridiculous to talk about Kendrick winning GF categories anymore.

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    Ed Sheeran would have swept if the BRP didn’t cockblock him.

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    Ed Sheeran totally would’ve swept. I could see the argument that Kendrick would’ve benefited from vote splitting, but Sheeran probably would’ve won AOTY too. I think there could’ve been even more vote splitting if The Weeknd replaced Childish Gambino (Kendrick/Sheeran/Bruno Mars/The Weeknd/Metallica was my original prediction when I thought they would try to fix it for Kendrick…)

    HOWEVER, I also see a scenario where “Feel It Still” wins ROTY or SOTY if it had been nominated.

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    Yes, he would. That’s why he wasn’t even nominated.

    The BRP knew what they were doing when they nominated Bruno against the likes of Kendrick(rapper), Jay-Z(rapper), Logic(rapper), Julia(newbie with not enough popularity to win), etc. They wanted a PoC winner, but still someone safe. Had Ed been nominated, he would have swept, MAYBE if both were nominated, they could have split votes and allow Kendrick to win, but I’m not that naive anymore.

    They(BRP and the voting members) hate rap music. They are never going to reward it because they are always going to manipulate the nominees to make sure rap albums and songs lose. Remember when  “Recovery” was nominated for AOTY, it was the best selling album of the year, it had a smash hit(Love the Way You Lie) and still lost. In 2014 and 2018 they nominated 2 rap albums to split votes. It’s all planned, they only reward popularity when it suits them.

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    I don’t think he would’ve swept completely. And it also depends on who Ed Sheeran was replacing. If Jay Z was replaced with Ed, then Kendrick probably would’ve won, or maybe Ed. ROTY and SOTY would’ve gone to Ed. However, if he was replaced with Gambino, I would say Bruno stil would’ve won AOTY and SOTY. ROTY might’ve gone to Ed.

    Yes, I think this is the key, who does Ed Sheeran replace? Replace Jay Z with Ed and Kendrick might have a real chance.

    Replace Gambino or Lorde with Ed Sheeran in AOTY and I could see him picking up enough Country, Rock and Pop votes to take the award from Bruno.

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    Maybe ROTY/SOTY.

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    I think, ultimately, the outcome would’ve been the same. Bruno Mars still would’ve won. This was undoubtedly his year and the cards were all stacked in his favor. Ahead of Sunday’s awards show, I had a strong feeling he would go home with the big prize; what I didn’t expect is that he’d make a full sweep of the general field (considering how rare it is for SOTY and ROTY to go to the same artist but for two different songs) but even with Ed in the picture, Bruno most likely still would’ve swept.

    The fact that Ed was snubbed in the general field already indicated there was less support backing him this time around, and even if he had gathered enough to carry him to the nomination(s), it still wouldn’t have been the substantial amount he’d have needed to catapult him to the win. And in all honesty, Divide is a very good album but not something I’d necessarily consider worthy of AOTY recognition, nor is “Shape of You”, despite its catchiness, really ROTY material. I agree with Tyler though in that Ed really messed up his chances by submitting the wrong song to SOTY. From a songwriting perspective, “Castle on the Hill” is a more complex and moving ballad than “Shape of You” and would’ve made for the better choice. So that’s a bit of a head-scratcher. However, I’m pretty sure he still wouldn’t have won had he actually been nominated for “Castle on the Hill”, because (a) Ed already won SOTY for “Thinking Out Loud” two years ago and there was no urgency to reward him here so soon again, and (b) as we all saw, Bruno was simply unstoppable.

    But on the bright side, Ed was still one of the bigger winners of the night, earning Grammys in two of the most competitive fields, so he has reason to feel incredibly proud!

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