British singer Ed Sheeran performs during the "Golden Camera" ("Die Goldene Kamera") award ceremony of German TV magazine "Hoer Zu" in Hamburg, March 4, 2017. Photograph: (Reuters)
'...He is only 26. He is not an overnight sensation..having immersed himself in songwriting, recording and performing since his early teens'
Ed Sheeran will be honoured with the Songwriters Hall of Fame's 2017 Hal David Starlight Award.
The 26-year-old singer will receive the recognition at the 48th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner on June 15 in New York, reported Billboard.
"Ed Sheeran has accomplished so much in pop music that it is hard to believe he is only 26. He is not an overnight sensation, however, having immersed himself in songwriting, recording and performing since his early teens.
"His natural talent as a singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer has brought him well-deserved success," said legendary Songwriters Hall of Fame co-chairs Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff of Philadelphia International fame, in a statement.
Two days ago, Sheeran's smash hit "Shape of You" had additional song writing credits given to the songwriting team who penned TLC's mid-90's hit "No Scrubs"--Kandi Burruss, Tameka Cottle, and producer Kevin Briggs, the BBC reported.
While there was no reason given, it was pointed out that the two songs bear a strong resemblance. Originally, Sheeran and Steve Mac and Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid were the only names on the American copyright website ASCAP.
Sheeran's "Shape of You " has spent the last 10 weeks atop the UK singles chart, his third single to do so. "No Scrubs" went as high as number three in the UK, but reached number one in the US.
Hear both songs below:
(WION with inputs from PTI)