Tell us how you really feel, Ed Sheeran.
The English singer-songwriter did not recall his words about his contempt for American awards shows in an interview after the MTV VMAs in 2021, where he performed over the weekend.
“The room is full of resentment and hatred towards everyone else, and it’s a pretty unpleasant atmosphere,” the 30-year-old said in a Tuesday interview with radio host Julia about his Audacy segment “The Julia Show.”
The problem is not that his other entertainers are toxic, he clarified, but the competitive energy exerted by their groups and context.
“All the artists are sweet people, but they are like surrounded by side effects that also want them to win, so it’s one artist surrounded by 10 people and another artist surrounded by 10 people, and everyone gives something like that to each other side -eye, ”Sheeran continued.
The VMAs are not uniquely miserable, he added, noting that the aggressive overtones overshadow virtually every known American entertainment award.
“It has nothing to do with MTV or the awards show, it’s the other awards shows at all,” he also said before naming the Grammys, AMAs and Billboards. “It’s just a lot of people wanting other people to fail, and I don’t like that.”
He explained that the British are much less intense when it comes to handing out honors, significantly because everyone is being slowed down on British shows.
“In England, our awards shows are like everyone’s getting full and no one really cares about who wins or loses, it’s just a good night,” said Sheeran, who has won over 117 awards – including four Grammys and an American Music Award. during his career.
For the same reasons, after parties are not much better.
“The after-parties again … it’s not just musicians. They are musicians, all their entourage, so you have influencers and blah blah blah, ”he said.
Talking to colleagues has shown him that he is not alone in being upset by American award-winning culture.
“People get the same feeling as me at these awards shows,” he said. “I’ve talked to people and they say, ‘I just felt really depressed afterwards.’ The atmosphere is just not nice m … It’s a really, really terrible atmosphere to be in there. I always walk away and feel sad and I do not like it. ”