Ed Sheeran has revealed his true feeling about award shows in a candid new interview.
Speaking after Sunday’s MTV Awards, Sheeran described the ceremonies as “horrible” and said he often leaves “feeling sad” and deflated.
“The room is filled with resentment and hatred towards everyone else and it’s quite an uncomfortable atmosphere,” he told The Julia Show.
“It’s just lots of people wanting other people to fail and I don’t like that.”
He continued: “All the artists are sweet people, but they’re surrounded by entourages that want them to win too, so it’s one artist surrounded by ten people and another artist surrounded by ten people and everyone is kind of giving each other the side-eye.”
The 30-year-old, who performed his new single Shivers at the MTV Awards on Sunday, stated that UK award shows felt less competitive.
“Our award shows in England are just like, everyone gets drunk and no one really cares who wins or loses, it’s just sort of a good night out.”
Sheeran, who has six Brit Awards, four Grammys, and two MTV Awards, stated that he was not alone in his feelings.
“At those award shows, people have the same feeling as I do. I’ve talked to people who say, ‘I just felt really depressed afterwards.’
“The atmosphere is simply not pleasant… It’s a truly dreadful atmosphere to be in there. I always leave feeling sad, which I don’t like.”
Which other celebs dislike awards shows?
Sheeran isn’t the only one who finds award shows tedious and unsettling.
In 1982, John Gielgud famously refused to accept his Oscar for best supporting actor, stating, “I really detest all the mutual congratulation baloney and the invidious comparisons” that award shows elicit.
George C. Scott went one step further, declining his Oscar nomination for best actor for Patton in 1970. The Academy still gave him the award, which he refused, calling the Oscars “demeaning” to actors and describing the ceremony as a “two-hour meat parade.”
Grammys ‘put you to sleep’
Others have walked out on award shows due to political reasons. Several notable no-shows at the 2016 Oscars included Spike Lee, Will Smith, and Jada Pinkett Smith, who were protesting the lack of diversity among the nominees.
“We’re a part of this neighbourhood. But, at the moment, we’re hesitant to stand there and say, “This is fine.” “Smith revealed this to Good Morning America.
Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Drake, and The Weeknd have also boycotted the Grammys in protest of the lack of recognition for black artists in the major award categories.
The last hip-hop album to win album of the year was Outkast’s Speakerboxxx / The Love Below in 2004; and despite having the biggest-selling single of 2020, Blinding Lights, The Weeknd was left out of nominations for this year’s awards.
“Look, I don’t care any longer,” he said of the snub. “I have three Grammys, which are now meaningless to me. In any case, I’m terrible at giving speeches. Forget about award shows.”
Following that, the star instructed his record label to exclude his music from all future Grammy ceremonies.
In 2017, Frank Ocean took a similar stance, refusing to submit his music to the nomination committees and declaring that the ceremony was no longer relevant.
“Believe those who would rather watch selected performances from your show on YouTube the next day because your show puts them to sleep.”
Other celebrities, however, such as Joaquin Phoenix, have found themselves in the awkward position of having to reverse their stance.
The actor famously called the Oscar campaign “total, utter bull” and vowed to boycott award shows in 2012.
“I’m not going to be a part of it. I don’t think it’s true “He told Interview magazine about it. “It’s the worst carrot I’ve ever tasted in my entire life. I’m not interested in this carrot.”
Three years later, he was back on the awards circuit to promote his crime drama Inherent Vice, which Golden Globes hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler couldn’t help but notice.
In their opening monologue, they stated, “Joaquin Phoenix is nominated for Inherent Vice.” “But he’s obviously not here tonight because he’s publicly stated that – quote – award shows are total and utter nonsense… Oh! Hello, Joaquin!”
In 2020, the actor went on to win both an Oscar and a Bafta for his performance in Joker.