Sheeran — who was nominated for four VMAs at Sunday’s show, including video of the year for “Bad Habits,” but went home empty-handed — clarified that his comments weren’t specific to the MTV awards show but extended to a longer list of American events. “It’s just lots of people wanting other people to fail and I don’t like that,” he said.
The 30-year-old artist has a lot of experience at U.S. awards shows, having won four Grammys, seven Billboard Music Awards, two VMAs, one American Music Award and four iHeartRadio Music Awards. He’s won some big ones too, including a Grammy for song of the year (for “Thinking Out Loud”) in 2016,
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