The red-headed superstar singer is one of many musicians being honored by TIME magazine .
The TIME 100 features a mix of musicians, artists, sportspersons and world leaders, including Theresa May, US President Donald Trump and North Korea supreme leader Kim Jong-un.
Sheeran’s buddy Taylor Swift congratulated him on the honor, saying:
“As a young, precocious redheaded boy growing up in Framlingham, Suffolk, Ed Sheeran decided he wanted to be a musician. He started writing songs and playing instruments like so many hopefuls do, but something very different happened that would set in motion one of the most impressive self-made careers in music.
Whether by choice or an unconscious evolution, when he decided on his musical ambitions, Ed became less of a boy and more of a tank. He is protected by an impenetrable and ever-present armor of enthusiasm that has helped him endure any setback, letdown or underestimation. His reaction to any idea that fails is to almost immediately come up with a new one. He’s like a fighter who pops back up on his feet before you even noticed he’d been knocked down.”
You can read the entire article, and view the full list of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World here.