Brit singer, Ed Sheeran has revealed his true feeling about award shows in a candid interview as he noted that award shows are filled with resentment.
Speaking in relation to the just-ended MTV VMA show, Ed 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. It’s just lots of people wanting other people to fail and I don’t like that.”Ed Sheeran
According to Ed Sheeran, “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 Sunday’s MTV Awards, said that UK Award shows felt less competitive.
“In England, our award shows are just like, everyone gets drunk and no one really cares who wins or loses, it’s just sort of a good night out”.Ed Sheeran
Sheeran, who has six Brit Awards, four Grammys, and two MTV Awards, disclosed he wasn’t the only one who felt this way.
“People get the same feeling like me at those award shows. I’ve spoken to people and they’re like, ‘I just felt really depressed afterward’. The atmosphere is just not nice… It’s a really, really horrible atmosphere to be in there. I always walk away feeling sad and I don’t like it”.Ed Sheeran
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Other celebrities who dislike awards shows
Ed Sheeran isn’t the first person to find award shows tedious and uncomfortable.
It can be recalled that John Gielgud famously declined to accept his best-supporting actor Oscar in 1982, saying: “I really detest all the mutual congratulation baloney and the invidious comparisons” that award shows evoke.
That notwithstanding, actor, George C. Scott declined his best actor Oscar nomination for Patton in 1970. The Academy went ahead and awarded him the prize anyway, which he refused to accept, calling the Oscars “demeaning” to actors and describing the ceremony as a “two-hour meat parade”.
Others have boycotted award shows for political reasons. The 2016 Oscars saw several notable no-shows, including Spike Lee, Will Smith, and Jada Pinkett Smith, who were protesting the lack of diversity amongst the nominees.
“We’re part of this community. But at this current time, we’re uncomfortable to stand there and say this is okay,” Will Smith said in an interview.
Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Drake, and The Weeknd have similarly boycotted the Grammys over the lack of recognition for black artists in the main award categories.
The last hip-hop album to win album of the year was Outkast’s ‘Speakerboxxx/The Love Below’ in 2004; and The Weeknd found himself excluded from nominations for this year’s awards, despite having the biggest-selling single of 2020, ‘Blinding Lights’.
“Look, I personally don’t care anymore,” he said about the snub. “I have three Grammys, which mean nothing to me now. I suck at giving speeches anyways. Forget awards shows”.
The star subsequently instructed his record label to withhold his music from all future editions of the Grammys.
Frank Ocean took a similar stance, refusing to submit his music to the nomination committees in 2017, and saying the ceremony had lost its relevancy.
“Believe the ones who’d rather watch select performances from your program on YouTube the day after because your show puts them to sleep”.
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