Ed Sheeran delivered a striking solo rendition of his latest hit “Shape of You” at the Grammy Awards Sunday.
The British pop star became a one-man band, layering and looping his vocals into a hypnotic background chant and plucking out the song’s signature marimba riff on a keyboard. While deftly triggering these instrumentals with pedals throughout the song, Sheeran strummed an acoustic guitar and sang the slick pop gem with a soulful bite.
Sheeran was announced as a Grammy performer last minute and performed “Shape of You” just one night after playing that song and “Castle On the Hill” on Saturday Night Live. The musician released both songs in January, and “Shape of You” immediately hit Number One on the Billboard 100 while “Castle on the Hill” took the Number Six spot, making Sheeran the first artist to debut two singles in the top 10 simultaneously. Both songs will appear on Sheeran’s upcoming third LP, ÷ (Divide), out March 3rd via Atlantic Records.
Sheeran was also nominated for Song of the Year for his work on Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself.”