British musician Ed Sheeran has received an MBE at the age of 26.
Six years after breaking into the music industry, Ed collected the prestigious honour fromPrince Charles at Buckingham Palace in London on Thursday.
Double Grammy winner Ed, from Suffolk, remained modest about his achievements saying he didn’t have ‘vast talent’ compared to other artists but his ‘persistence, drive and self belief’ had paid off.
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An honour: Ed Sheeran received an MBE at Buckingham Palace in London on Thursday, for his contribution to music
Speaking at the palace, Ed explained: ‘I think it’s persistence. I don’t have a vast amount of talent compared to other people.
‘I think talent is like 30% of it and persistence, drive and self belief are the other ones, which I guess are all the same thing.’
Joking about his meeting with Charles, the musician said the Prince was impressed by his globe-trotting activities as he was due to fly to New York later for a gig.
Sheeran said about their brief chat: ‘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.’
Special occasion: Of his meeting with Prince Charles, who gave him the accolade, Ed said that he impressed was impressed that Ed was due to fly to New York that evening
Special moment: The hitmaker looked sharp in a morning suit and shiny black shoes
The singer-songwriter’s career took off after the release of his debut CD in 2011 and since that time the 26-year-old musician has notched up three number one singles, along with three chart topping albums.
Ed received the MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for his services to music.
An MBE is given for an outstanding achievement or service to the community, which has had a long-term, significant impact and stand out as an example to others.
Ed won an Ivor Novello Award for Songwriter of the Year in 2015, having previously penned the hits Love Yourself and Cold Water for Justin Bieber.
Modest: Ed was modest about his achievements, saying he owed his success to persistence
Recognised: Ed has had three chart-topping albums in six years
Delighted: He will fly to New York tonight for a concert in the city
He was the brains behind Little Things, a hit for One Direction, and Olly Murs’ Love Shine Down, as well as working with Eminem, The Weeknd and Jessie Ware.
Ed collaborated with his good friend Taylor Swift, with whom he toured for the majority of 2013. They worked together on Everything Has Changed in 2012 from her album Red.
In 2016, Ed went on to win the Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance (both for Thinking Out Loud) trophies at the Grammys and has been nominated a further 10 times in various categories.
Ed’s three albums – Plus (2011), Multiply (2014) and Divide (2017) – have all peaked at No1 in the UK Album Chart.
Special recognition: Ed has an Ivor Novello, two Grammys and three BRIT Awards to his name
‘I don’t have a vast amount of talent’: Ed (performing here at Glastonbury 2017) was humble about his achievements
He’s come a long way: Ed (here in 2012) has come a long way since his debut in 2011
Big performances: Some of his biggest performances, included singing at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2014, in London
Special guest: Ed was a guest at Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee Concert in 2012, here with Kylie Minogue (right)
The original, debut album – released six years ago – has now gone seven-times platinum in the UK.
Ed made chart-topping history earlier this year when he held nine out of the 10 top spots in the UK Singles Chart.
It followed a break from the music industry in which the world-famous musician went travelling and spent time doing charity work.
Some of his most notable performances include singing at the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in London in 2014, but this year he also had the honour of headlining Glastonbury Music Festival 2017.
Friends in high places: Ed is close friends with US artist Taylor Swift, even appearing on her album Red
Collaborating: In 2013, Ed toured with Taylor and appeared on her track Everything Has Changed (here in 2014 together)
Big names: He’s worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Eminem, The Weeknd and One Direction (here performing with Beyonce)
Music industry favourite: Ed is also good friends with icon Elton John (left, in 2014)