In addition, Sheeran will be among the artists performing at The GRAMMY® Foundation's 15th Annual Music Preservation Project, entitled "Play It Forward: A Celebration Of Music's Evolution And Influencers." The annual GRAMMY® week celebration -- presented by Seagate and also featuring performances from Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris, among others -- is slated for Thursday, February 7th at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.
In other news, Sheeran is set to introduce his next single, "Lego House," with an upcoming live performance on NBC's TODAY, set for Thursday, January 31st (check local listings). The appearance follows a string of nationally televised performances, including ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, NBC's TODAY, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Last Call with Carson Daly, TBS' Conan, and the nationally syndicated Ellen DeGeneres Show, LIVE with Kelly & Michael, and Katie. In addition, Sheeran was recently the subject of a major profile feature on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition," which can be heard now at www.npr.org/2013/01/02/168366077/ed-sheeran-all-pluses-no-minuses.
Masterfully blending soulful vocals with organic folk introspection and irresistible hip-hop hooks, Sheeran is a genuine phenomenon. Inspired by such diverse artists as James Morrison, Damien Rice, and Jay-Z, the gifted tunesmith's major label debut single, "The A Team," proved an unqualified sensation upon its 2011 arrival, entering among the top 3 on the U.K. Singles Chart. The track spent 11 consecutive weeks in the U.K. Top 10, making history as 2011's highest charting, biggest selling debut single. Sheeran's full-length debut, "+," soon followed, entering the U.K. Albums Chart at #1 with the highest opening sales figures for a debut male solo artist ever and is now certified 5x platinum.
In addition to their popular success, Sheeran and "+" received extensive acclaim, including the prestigious "Breakthrough Artist" trophy at the Q Awards 2011. Even greater accolades came in early 2012 as Sheeran emerged victorious with a pair of top 2011 Brit Awards -- including "Best Male Artist" and "Best Breakthrough Artist" -- after having led the field with a remarkable four total nods. Furthermore, "The A Team" received the high honor of a 2012 Ivor Novello Award nomination in the "Best Song Musically and Lyrically" category.
By now a full-fledged U.K. superstar, Sheeran was among the top artists performing at last year's Royal Diamond Jubilee Concert, where he celebrated the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's reign by sharing the stage with such rock royalty as Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, and Sir Tom Jones. After maintaining a virtually non-stop touring schedule that included countless main stage festival appearances around the globe, Sheeran closed his incredible summer with a memorable performance of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" (alongside Pink Floyd's Nick Mason, Genesis' Mike Rutherford, and Richard Jones of The Feeling) at the London 2012 Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony.
Here in the United States, "+"entered the SoundScan/Billboard 200 at #5 upon its release in June 2012, scoring the highest debut for a British solo artist's first full-length album since 2009. In addition, every date on Sheeran's first-ever North American headline tour sold out, with many shows upgraded to larger venues in order to accommodate an increasingly fervent fanbase.
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