Ed Sheeran will be the recipient of the eminent Hal David Starlight Award, at the 48th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner slated for Thursday, June 15th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Additional special award honorees will be announced soon.
The Hal David Starlight Award, created in 2004, was named in honor of SHOF Chairman Emeritus Hal David, for his longtime support of young songwriters. Award recipients are gifted young songwriters who are making a significant impact in the music industry via their original songs. Ed joins the distinguished company of Nick Jonas, Nate Ruess, Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds, Taylor Swift, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo, Drake, Benny Blanco, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Rob Thomas and John Rzeznik.
Ed Sheeran – Shape of You (Live)
Commenting on the award to Sheeran, SHOF Co-Chairs Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff said, “Ed Sheeran has accomplished so much in pop music that it is hard to believe he is only 26. He is not an overnight sensation, however, having immersed himself in songwriting, recording and performing since his early teens. His natural talent as a singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer has brought him well-deserved success. SHOF President & CEO, Linda Moran added, “Ed is undoubtedly one of today’s most prolific and effective songwriters and is a most worthy and an ideal Hal David Starlight Award honoree.”
Multi-platinum, multiple GRAMMY Award winning singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has quickly established himself as one of the world’s biggest musical artists with over 26 million albums sold and 5 billion Spotify streams. His just released, third studio album “÷” (pronounced divide) has proven to be a global phenomenon of its own, selling over 4 million units worldwide in its first week. In the U.S., “÷” entered the Billboard 200 at #1, scoring the biggest debut of the year with first week sales equivalents exceeding 451,000 units and has already been certified Gold, while in Sheeran’s native U.K., the album sold a staggering 672,000 units, topping the Official Albums Chart with the third highest week one sales of any album in the chart’s history, and has been certified 2x-Platinum. The landmark album has also gone to #1 on iTunes in 102 countries around the world, and shattered the record for the highest first week Spotify streams ever, logging more than 375 million streams over the full week. The first two singles released from “÷” – “Shape Of You” and “Castle On The Hill” – entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #1 and #6 respectively, making Sheeran the first artist ever to have two singles make simultaneous top 10 debuts in the chart’s 58-year history. “Shape Of You” earned Sheeran his first #1 on the Hot 100, where it currently stands for the 8th week, and has already been certified 2x-Platinum by the RIAA.
“÷” follows the British singer-songwriter’s second full length album “x”(pronounced multiply), which was released in 2014 and proved to be both a critical and commercial success. After debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200, the album has since been certified 4x-Platinum in the US and earned two GRAMMY nominations, including “Album Of The Year.” Additionally, “x” spawned four consecutive multi-platinum singles in “Sing,” “Don’t,” “Photograph,” and his global smash and biggest single to date “Thinking Out Loud,” which has been been certified 7x-Platinum, marked his first #1 at Top 40 radio, and won a pair of GRAMMY awards, including “Song Of The Year.” “x” was also a global sensation, ranking as the second best-selling album worldwide in 2015. Ed first broke through to the mainstream in 2012 with his debut album “+” (pronounced plus), which was a top 5 debut and certified 2x-Platinum in the US, and spent three weeks at #1 in the UK where it has been certified 6x-Platinum. “+” is highlighted by “The A Team,” an international smash which earned Sheeran his first GRAMMY nomination (“Song Of The Year”) and has been certified 3x-Platinum in the US.
As one of the world’s most in-demand songwriters, Sheeran has penned hit songs for both himself and other top artists including Taylor Swift, One Direction, The Weeknd, Major Lazer, Tori Kelley, and Justin Bieber, who’s blockbuster single “Love Yourself” was the #1 song on Billboard’s 2016 year end Hot 100 chart and nominated for “Song of the Year” at this year’s GRAMMY Awards. The nod earned Sheeran his 11th GRAMMY nomination, and the third time in the prestigious, songwriting category. In 2015, Sheeran was named Songwriter of the Year at the Ivor Novello Awards, which celebrate, honor and reward excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing. Sheeran’s “The A Team” had previously been recognized for Best Song Musically and Lyrically in 2012.
One of the planet’s most popular live performers, Ed has played sold out headline shows at some of the biggest venues around the world, including Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA, Suncorp Stadium in Sydney, and at London’s Wembley Stadium in front of 240,000 fans over 3 nights. Sheeran recently kicked off his world tour in support of “÷,” with the North American leg set to begin this summer.
Sheeran launched his own imprint, Gingerbread Man Records, in 2015, with the signing of fellow British singer songwriter Jamie Lawson – whose self-titled album debuted at #1 in the UK – and Irish troubadour Foy Vance.
2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees include musical titans Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Berry Gordy, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Robert Lamm & James Pankow p/k/a “Chicago,” Max Martin, and Shawn “JAY Z” Carter. Pitbull will be the first-ever recipient of the Global Ambassador Award.