It was one of the toughest races at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, but Ed Sheeran won Best Male Video of the Year for “Sing,” proving that just because you have a sophomore album doesn’t mean you’re in a sophomore slump.
“Thank you very much for anyone who voted for this!” Sheeran told an excited crowd on Sunday (August 24).
The contenders were some of the best and most talented in the business, including: Eminem ft. Rihanna for “Monster;” John Legend for “All of Me;” Pharrell Williams (who also appeared on “Sing”) for “Happy;” and Sam Smith for “Stay With Me.”
This wasn’t Sheeran’s first time being nominated, either. He was first up for Best Male Video last year for the third single off his debut album, “Lego House,” though this is the first win for Sheeran.
“Sing” is off Sheeran’s album X, and was his first single to reach number one in the UK. Beyond the album, it’s been a huge year for Sheeran, including a documentary about the singer’s (recent) life on MTV.
Also of note on the category: this isn’t Rihanna’s first time being the only woman nominated in the “Best Male Video” category. In 2012, she was nominated with Drake for “Take Care.” After losing out twice, maybe RiRi wants to team up with Sheeran?
Hey, we’d watch that.