“It is my favorite song of the last year,” Sheeran said, before launching into the jam. “I think it’s an instant classic. It’s gonna be around for a long time. [Sam Smith] is gonna be around for a long time, as well.”
Although the jam, off of Smith’s debut record In The Lonely Hour, is a deeply personal track — the whole album is about unrequited love — Sheeran added his own spin. His closed-eye rendition indicated that he could likely relate to the aching words.