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Ed Sheeran honored in NYC by Songwriters Hall of Fame: “[It’s] something that you never lose”


Noam Galai/WireImageEd Sheeran‘s already won a Grammy for his songwriting, and Thursday night in New York City, he received yet another prestigious award for that particular talent, which he says is something he’ll always be able to fall back on.

Ed attended the annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Gala, where he received the Hal David Starlight Award, given to young songwriters who are making an impact in the industry.  On the red carpet, Ed told ABC Radio, “Songwriting’s something that you never lose.  Like, I might lose my voice, and I might not be able to play guitar. I might lose my hands…lose my legs…but songwriting’s something that you will always have.”

Ed, whose hits include “Thinkin’ Out Loud,” “Shape of You,” “Photograph,” “Castle on the Hill,” “The A-Team” and Justin Bieber‘s “Love Yourself,” which he co-wrote, added that he feels the common theme that runs though his songs is “a lot of honesty.”

And while he’s just about the biggest music star in the world at the moment, the humble singer told reporters of his latest honor, “It’s a massive honor to be able to sit in a room with so many talented people, let alone get up and accept an award in front of them as well.”

Other inductees included Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Jay-Z, the songwriting and production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and Max Martin, who’s written more Billboard Hot 100 #1 hits than anyone except John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Next up for Ed: a headlining appearance at England’s legendary Glastonbury Festival, and the North American leg of his world tour in support of his #1 album Divide.

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