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GRAMMY Rewind: Ed Sheeran's 2016 Song Of The Year Win Was Extra Special Thanks To A GRAMMY Legend
Ed Sheeran took home his first two GRAMMYs in 2016 for "Thinking Out Loud." But he was "chuffed" about his Song Of The Year trophy because it came from Stevie Wonder.
On Feb. 10, 2015, Ed Sheeran was one of many superstars who celebrated Stevie Wonder's legendary career as part of An All-Star GRAMMY Salute. Almost exactly one year later, the two met again — this time, for Wonder to honor Sheeran.
Wonder announced Song Of The Year at the 2016 GRAMMY Awards, which Sheeran won for his ubiquitous ballad "Thinking Out Loud." After Wonder jokingly mocked the audience for not being able to read the braille winners card — and advocating to "make every single thing accessible to every single person with a disability" — the 25-time GRAMMY winner shared a personal story about Sheeran's GRAMMY-winning hit.
"I told my daughter Aisha that this song was a great song when I first heard it," Wonder said, "and it has won tonight. 'Thinking Out Loud!'"
In this episode of GRAMMY Rewind, relive the moment Ed Sheeran received a GRAMMY from Stevie Wonder. Making the night even more special for Sheeran, it was the first time he won after three straight years of being nominated — something apparently Wonder knew himself.
"I told you you would get a GRAMMY!" Wonder said to Sheeran as the singer took the stage. (The song actually won Sheeran two GRAMMYS that night, as it also took home Best Pop Solo Performance.) The pop star brought his "Thinking Out Loud" co-writer Amy Wadge up with him, including her and collaborators Jake Gosling, Peter Gosling and Chris Leonard in his first round of thank-yous.
Sheeran also expressed his gratitude to his parents, who were in the audience — and as he quipped, their support finally paid off. "My parents, who have flown, for the past four years, to come to the GRAMMYs, every single year, and every time I lose, they go, 'Maybe next year,'" Sheeran told the crowd with a big smile on his face.
But to Sheeran, perhaps the most special thing about the win was Wonder's connection to it.
"Honestly, if you would have told my 11-year-old, five-year-old, any age, that I would have received an award from Stevie Wonder, I would have been chuffed, so thank you very much," he said as he concluded his speech.
Press play on the video above to watch Sheeran's full Song of the Year acceptance speech for "Thinking Out Loud," and keep checking back to GRAMMY.com for more episodes of GRAMMY Rewind.
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FYI/TMI: Are Taylor Swift And Ed Sheeran Getting Together?
Rumors surface that the two are in a red-hot relationship; Sony/ATV Music Publishing named top publisher of fourth quarter in 2012
(In an effort to keep you fully informed, and fully entertained, below we present today's FYI and TMI — news you need and news that's, well, sometimes needless….)
Sony/ATV Claims Top Publisher In Q4 2012
Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which in June 2012 acquired administration of EMI Music Publishing, was the top publisher in the fourth quarter of 2012 based on its 25.8 percent share of the top 100 songs during the period, according to figures released by Nielsen BDS. No. 2 was Kobalt Music Group (16.5 percent share), followed by Universal Music Publishing Group (15.9 percent share), Warner/Chappell Music (14.2 percent share), and BMG Chrysalis (5.3 percent share).
Swift Getting Together With Sheeran?
Taylor Swift may never be getting back together with a few people — like, ever — but that isn't stopping her from joining "The A Team." According to a report, Swift and GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran were reportedly seen together at a hotel in late February. Adding more red-hot fuel to the fire, Sheeran collaborated with Swift on her latest album, Red, the name of which is also a tattoo on Sheeran's left arm. Since Swift and Sheeran supposedly dated briefly last spring, maybe they are, like, getting back together.
Will Smith at the 1999 GRAMMYs
GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Will Smith Dedicate His 1999 Best Rap Solo Performance GRAMMY To His Son
In his acceptance speech, he offers thanks to his family and "the jiggiest wife in the world, Jada Pinkett Smith"
Today, Sept. 25, we celebrate the birthday of the coolest dad—who else? Will Smith! For the latest episode of GRAMMY Rewind, we revisit the Fresh Prince's 1999 GRAMMY win for Best Rap Solo Performance for "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It."
In the below video, watch rappers Missy Elliott—donning white leather—and Foxy Brown present the GRAMMY to a stoked Smith, who also opted for an all-leather look. In his acceptance speech, he offers thanks to his family and "the jiggiest wife in the world, Jada Pinkett Smith." He dedicates the award to his eldest son, Trey Smith, joking that Trey's teacher said he (then just six years old) could improve his rhyming skills.
The classic '90s track is from his 1997 debut studio album, Big Willie Style, which also features "Miami" and 1998 GRAMMY winner "Men In Black," from the film of the same name. The "Está Rico" rapper has won four GRAMMYs to date, earning his first back in 1989 GRAMMYs for "Parents Just Don't Understand," when he was 20 years old.
Pop Shines With 55th GRAMMY Nominations
This year's GRAMMY nominations are an eclectic, all-inclusive ensemble of nominees perfectly reflecting the wide variety of musical genres, tastes and trends that The Recording Academy celebrates.
Pop made a strong impact in the coveted General Field categories with nominations for Kelly Clarkson (Record Of The Year for "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You"), Taylor Swift (Record Of The Year for her pop-tinged "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together") and Carly Rea Jepsen (Song Of The Year for "Call Me Maybe").
The nominations also marked a milestone for Fun., who received six nominations, including Record and Song Of The Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for "We Are Young" featuring Janelle Monáe, and Album Of The Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for Some Nights. The Brooklyn, N.Y., trio also received a Best New Artist nomination.
"It feels good, very good," lead singer Nate Ruess said backstage at "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!" in Nashville on Dec. 5.
"American Idol" alum Clarkson is among the top female nominees with three nominations, including Best Pop Vocal Album for Stronger. Pink received a deserving nod in the Best Pop Vocal Album category for The Truth About Love, which hopefully opens the door to a performance during February's GRAMMY Awards telecast. (Side note: Pink's album features "Just Give Me A Reason," a duet with Ruess.)
It was a big night for British superstar Ed Sheeran, who grabbed a Song Of The Year nomination for "The A Team." Sheeran was overjoyed with the honor, tweeting, "I can't describe how happy I am."
GRAMMY winners Maroon 5 had a strong night with nominations for Overexposed, the group's self-proclaimed "most diverse and poppiest album yet," in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album categories.
RedFoo and Sky Blu of LMFAO scooped up a Best Pop Duo/Group Performance nomination for their dance-pop confection "Sexy And I Know It," a deserving nomination for the world's most colorful party rockers.
Following a successful year for her GRAMMY-winning album 21, Adele's momentum is still going strong. The proud new mom picked up a nomination for her live performance of "Set Fire To The Rain" in the Best Pop Solo Performance category. Adele was nominated alongside Clarkson, Rihanna ("Where Have You Been"), Katy Perry ("Wide Awake"), and Jepsen, the latter of whom was quick to tweet that she was "over the moon excited" with the honor.
With exciting pop newcomers and veteran pop artists nominated in the General and Pop Fields, the GRAMMY Awards telecast on Feb. 10 will without a doubt be Music's Biggest Night and a terrific night for pop.
Rob Thomas And Carlos Santana
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GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Santana & Rob Thomas Self-Assuredly Win Record Of The Year For "Smooth" In 2000
In the newest episode of GRAMMY Rewind, watch Santana and Rob Thomas win Record Of The Year at the 42nd GRAMMY Awards for "Smooth," the unlikely smash-hit pairing of the classic rock legend and Matchbox Twenty leader
By all accounts, Santana's and Rob Thomas' 1999 megahit "Smooth" almost didn't happen. In its embryonic stages, Carlos Santana was skeptical of the tune; the AM-radio effect on Thomas's voice alone engendered its own smattering of arguments.
But in a quintessential lesson about why you should never, ever give up, "Smooth" became the second-biggest single of all time, second only to Chubby Checker's "The Twist." It also led to the 2000 GRAMMY Awards, where the unlikely pair won the GRAMMY for Record Of The Year.
In the newest episode of GRAMMY Rewind, revisit the moment 21 years ago when an unlikely gambit paid off in dividends, putting a feather in the cap of Matchbox Twenty's leader and landing a classic rocker back on the airwaves.
Check out the throwback GRAMMY moment above and click here to enjoy more episodes of GRAMMY Rewind.