The crowd booed Ed Sheeran as his name was called out as the winner of the Best Pop Solo Performance category at the 60th Grammy Awards.
The awards, which took place in Madison Square Garden, New York City, last night (January 28), were hosted by James Corden and broadcast live on CBS.
There were plenty of talking points from the ceremony, including a powerful performance from Kesha as well as an inspirational speech from Janelle Monae.
Yet one moment caused the audience to boo – when Ed’s name was read out for winning the Best Pop Solo Performance category for his song ‘Shape Of You’.
Also nominated in the category were P!NK, Lady Gaga, Kesha, and Kelly Clarkson.
As well as the live audience booing, people were quick to share their thoughts on social media.
It seems some people felt, with the #MeToo movement being so important right now, the song that won is one which ‘obsesses’ over the body of a woman.
Others believed one of the women should have won for a number of reasons.
One person wrote:
Lady Gaga wrote Million Reasons in a healing process to recover from a severe heartbreak. Kesha wrote Praying after being through her literal worst nightmare. Ed Sheeran wrote Shape Of You about a club girl he was horny for. Congratulations Recording Academy. Thank you for this.
Kesha really did go through hell and back to release Praying and get nominated for a Grammy, only to lose to an Ed Sheeran song about how he likes a woman’s body over a Sia sample.
Ed Sheeran won a Grammy. Talent never wins. And I know one thing, miss Kesha and Gaga deserved those Grammys because they tried something new, they created Art, they had difficlult times with their careers and lifes but still managed to give us Masterpiece. #Grammys
— George Witness? (@KatysLLover) January 28, 2018
Naturally, Ed Sheeran wins with a Sia/TLC rip-off over four deserving women who all sang their faces off. #Grammys
— Bradley Stern (@MuuMuse) January 29, 2018
One person added:
Ed Sheeran won a Grammy. Talent never wins and I know one thing, miss Kesha and Gaga deserved those Grammys because they tried something new, they created Art, they had difficlult times with their careers and lifes but still managed to give us Masterpiece.
lol Ed Sheeran the one dude in a category with 4 iconic women and he wins and doesn't show up. Music industry in a nutshell.
— Luke O'Neil (@lukeoneil47) January 29, 2018
Kesha really did go through hell and back to release Praying and get nominated for a Grammy, only to lose to an Ed Sheeran song about how he likes a woman's body over a Sia sample #GRAMMYs
— greedyforari (@greedyforari22) January 29, 2018
Following his win, Ed, who wasn’t at the ceremony, posted a picture of a cute cat on his Instagram, with the caption:
Woke up to the news I won two grammys last night. Thank you ! This little fluff-ball is doing a bit of a celebratory dance, lots of love to everyone xx [sic]
Ed also picked up the award for Pop Vocal Album on the night.
There was already controversy surrounding the annual awards when Grammys President Neil Portnow told Variety if women ‘want more Grammys’, they need to ‘step up’:
It has to begin with… women who have the creativity in their hearts and souls, who want to be musicians, who want to be engineers, producers, and want to be part of the industry on the executive level… [They need] to step up because I think they would be welcome.
I don’t have personal experience of those kinds of brick walls that you face but I think it’s upon us — us as an industry — to make the welcome mat very obvious, breeding opportunities for all people who want to be creative and paying it forward and creating that next generation of artists.