Ed Sheeran wins Artist of the Year at the MTV VMAs

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Ed Sheeran rose above a crowded Artist of the Year field at this year’s VMAs to take home one of the event’s top honors.

“Thank you to all the fans,” said Sheeran, who went on to thank his team. “Cheers.”

The singer-songwriter had only taken home one VMA previously — for 2014’s Pharrell collaboration “Sing” — but he rectified that Sunday night by winning one of the show’s top honors.

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Anyone with a radio knows how inescapable Sheeran’s No. 1 anthem “Shape of You” has been this year: It spent 11 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 this spring, and its No. 9 rank on the chart’s Sept. 2 edition gives “Shape of You” 32 weeks in the top 10, which ties the song for the most total weeks spent in the top 10 ever. Sheeran’s third studio album, ÷, also hit No. 1 on Billboard‘s albums chart upon its March release.

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This year, MTV merged the long-standing Best Male Video and Best Female Video categories to form Artist of the Year. The network also replaced the show’s iconic Moonman statue with a Moon Person trophy as part of its effort to remove gender-specific aspects of the event.

Read the complete list of winners here.

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