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Ed Sheeran ‘Wasn’t Expecting’ Three Grammy Nominations — But We Were

'Thinking Out Loud' is up for three awards. Here's why that makes total sense.

Nominations for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Monday morning (Dec. 7), and besides Kendrick Lamar's 11 nods and Taylor Swift's 7, one of the least surprising nominations was Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud," up for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.

Well, we weren't surprised. But based on a tweet he sent out shortly after the noms went live, Ed was.

No one should be surprised by a handful of Grammy noms for "Thinking Out Loud," a gentle ballad with an aching chorus and a romantically barebones music video. These are the exact qualities that Grammy-winning songs have historically had!

Of course, there are a whole host of other reasons why the song was destined for Grammy nomination glory from the very beginning.

  1. He performed it at the 2015 Grammys with John Mayer (plus Questlove, Adam Blackstone and Herbie Hancock).
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    Foreshadowing, perhaps?

  2. It was the first song ever to spend a year in the U.K.'s top 40.
  3. And it became the first song to be streamed over 500 million times on Spotify.

    Here's another stream. And another.

  4. It's brimming with dreamy, swoon-worthy lyrics.

    "And darling I will be loving you 'til we're 70/ And baby my heart could still fall as hard at 23"


    Gettin' a little misty in here, no? Always reminds me of The Beatles' "When I'm Sixty-Four."

  5. "TAKE ME INTO YOUR LOVING ARMS"

    A universal message.

  6. Remember the sickeningly sweet music video?
  7. Ed learned all the choreography for it...
  8. ...and transformed it into something grand...
  9. ...that also got a 2015 VMA nomination for Video Of The Year.

    Ed performed the song at the 2014 MTV EMA, too.

  10. But Ed and director Emil Nava are chill about it.

  11. He's called it his "walking down the aisle" song.

    And Ed knows a thing or two about weddings.

  12. The album it's from, x, was up for Album Of The Year at the 2015 Grammys.

    So, really, this song was destined for Grammy noms from the get-go. Case closed.