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Tell us how you really feel, Ed Sheeran.

The English singer-songwriter didn’t mince words about his disdain for American awards shows in an interview 2021 MTV VMAs Where he performed this weekend.


“The room is full of resentment and hatred towards everyone and it’s a very uncomfortable atmosphere,” the 30-year-old said in an interview with radio host Julia on Tuesday. Her Audacious segment “The Julia Show.”

The problem isn’t their fellow entertainers being toxic, he clarified, but the competitive energy wrought by their groups and context.

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“All artists are lovely people, but they’re, like, surrounded by people who want to conquer them, so it’s one artist surrounded by 10 people and another artist surrounded by 10 people and everyone kind. Is giving each other side-eye,” Sheeran went on.

NS The VMAs Aren’t Distinctly Pathetic, he said, noting that aggressive overtones tend to shadow almost all famous American entertainment awards.

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“It has nothing to do with MTV or award shows, it’s all other award shows,” he said, before naming the Grammys, AMAs, and Billboards. “It’s a lot of people want other people to fail and I don’t like that.”

He explained that Brits are far less intense when it comes to awarding top honours, as everyone on UK shows tends to slack off.

Sheeran, who won over 117 awards, including four Grammys and an American musical, said, “In England, our award shows are like everyone gets drunk and no one really cares who wins or loses.” Well, it’s just a good night.” Awards – during his career.

For the same reasons, after-parties aren’t much better.

“After parties, again… it’s not just the musicians. It’s the musicians, all their parties, then you got the influencers and blah blah blah,” he said.

Conversations with co-workers have proved to him that he is not the only one to feel disturbed by American awards show culture.

“People have the same feeling as me at those award shows,” he said. “I’ve talked to people and they’re like, ‘I felt really sad afterward.’ The atmosphere is not good m… It’s really terrible to be there. I always feel sad and I don’t like it.”