Ed Sheeran will be spending Christmas 2017 in the happy knowledge his track is at top spot in the UK charts.
It was a battle between Ed – featuring Beyonce – Eminem and festive classic Last Christmas by Wham! but he made it.
The track, Perfect, which he has released in three separate versions had faced losing out to Eminem’s River, on which Ed actually provides guest vocals – so I guess he’s technically taken the top two spots, sort of.
Here’s the moment Radio 1 presenter Greg James told Ed he was Christmas number one:
— BBC Radio 1 (@BBCR1) December 22, 2017
The singer recorded a video message thanking fans for making ‘Perfect’ this year’s Christmas number one.
This is an actual dream come true and I’m very, very proud and happy so thank you so much for streaming it and buying it and have a very, very merry Christmas, happy holidays and a happy new year.
Watch his message here:
And a Christmas number one is just the icing on top of what has been a brilliant year for Ed.
He got a cameo in Game of Thrones – whether or not that’s a good thing or not, I’ll let you decide – he was also named the most-streamed artist of the year and played a part in numerous charitable causes.
But 2017 was the the year he was awarded an MBE by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.
The day was a special one for the singer-songwriter, because his late grandfather was a self-avowed royalist, according to the BBC.
My grandfather was a massive royalist. He had all the commemorative plates and stuff, and he died on this day four years ago, so it’s actually quite a nice full circle thing, I guess he’d be pretty proud.
Ed was asked at the ceremony whether he would be up for playing at the upcoming royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle which is in May, next year.
When asked whether he would throw out a couple of tunes at the ceremony, Ed replied: ‘Yeah, why not.’
The Prince of Wales was impressed with the superstar’s busy schedule, especially because he played a gig in New York, just one day after the ceremony.
He was asking me if I was still selling lots of records and I told him I’ve got a concert in New York tomorrow, and he was quite surprised I was flying after this.
Asked about why he’s become so successful, Ed was characteristically modest about his talent.
I think it’s persistence. I don’t have a vast amount of talent compared to other people, I think talent is like 30 per cent of it and persistence, drive and self belief are the other ones, which I guess are all the same thing.
Ed’s career has gone from strength to strength in recent years, but when he was seemingly at the top of his game back in October 2015, he announced a year-long hiatus from the super stardom which he achieved.
But it seems he is well-and-truly back and completely smashing it. Good work Ed!