Ed Sheeran's One-Man Grammys Performance Proves Artists Don't Always Have To Be Flashy

Watch him perform "Shape of You."

We've come to expect showstopping performances at big award shows. That frequently includes dramatic set pieces, eye-catching costumes, and energetic dancers. At the very least, we're used to seeing artists backed up by a band.

But as Ed Sheeran proved during his performance of "Shape of You" at the Grammys Sunday night, the more stripped-down performances can be just as outstanding. Sheeran, whose new album Divide is set for release next month, performed the entire song by himself, with the help of a loop pedal that played back his voice and instrumentals.


Sheeran's one-man band proves that, as artistic and entertaining as the flashy trimmings can be, they're not always necessary for a great performance. The singer, who was nominated last night for songwriting on Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself," performs in this style during his concerts. It definitely made an impression on social media.

It would seem the equipment Sheeran used to accomplish his performance was just as interesting to viewers as his talent, as Too Fab reports that Equipboard.com, the online database of artists' gear, crashed from too much traffic as people searched for Sheeran's loop pedal, the Chewie II Monsta Looper.

Maybe a new generation of performers will be inspired to (as the song's lyrics suggest) follow his lead.

Watch a portion of Sheeran's performance above, and see the full video here.

Cover image via CBS


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