Tuesday 26 September 2017

Ed Sheeran tells Brit Awards: I should have cashed in on the 3/1 odds I would play Croker

Singer Ed Sheeran arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich
Singer Ed Sheeran arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich
Singer Rita Ora arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Actor and singer Raleigh Ritchie arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Rita Ora arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Rita Ora arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Singer Jessie Ware arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Lewis Hamilton arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Lewis Hamilton arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Lewis Hamilton arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Musician Jimmy Page arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Musician Jimmy Page arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Adam Lambert arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Melanie Sykes arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London
Caroline Flack arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Caroline Flack arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Nick Grimshaw arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Caroline Flack arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher of Royal Blood arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Singer FKA twigs arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Singers Rita Ora and Ricky Wilson arrive for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Singer Rita Ora arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Singer Rita Ora arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Singer FKA twigs arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Calvin Harris arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Marvin Humes arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Cameron Edwards (left) and Joe Lenzie of Sigma arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Jacob Anderson aka Raleigh Ritchie arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena
Jacob Anderson aka Raleigh Ritchie arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Singer Jamelia arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Michelle Keegan arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Singer Jamelia arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Michelle Keegan arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London
Michelle Keegan arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London
Singer Jamelia arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London,
Pop group Rudimental (L-R) members Piers Agget, Kesi Dryden, Amir Amor and DJ Locksmith arrive for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena
Jessie Ware arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Ben Haenow arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London
Mark Ronson and Josephine de La Baume arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena
Singer Mariana Diamandis arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Mark Ronson and Josephine de La Baume arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena
Marina Diamandis arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Marina Diamandis arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Sarah Hadland arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Television reality star Michelle Keegan arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Television presenter Holly Willoughby arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Television presenter Holly Willoughby arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Television reality stars Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan arrive for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena
Fearne Cotton arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Sam Smith arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Fearne Cotton arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Fearne Cotton arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Sam Smith arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Ella Henderson arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Singer Sam Smith arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
(Left to right) Kesi Dryden, Piers Agget, Amir Amor and DJ Locksmith of Rudimental arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Ella Henderson arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Holly Willoughby arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Holly Willoughby arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Lianne La Havas arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Ella Henderson arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Singer George Ezra arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Holly Willoughby arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Singer George Ezra arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Singer Jess Glynne arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Singer Jess Glynne arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London
Jo Whiley arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
George Ezra arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Jess Glynne arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Laura Jackson arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Jess Glynne arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Jess Glynne arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Jess Glynne arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Laura Jackson arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Laura Jackson arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Duke Dumont arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Laura Jackson arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Rebecca Ferguson arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Singer James Bay arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena
Ed Sheeran arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Paloma Faith arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
James Bay arriving for the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Singer Paloma Faith arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London, February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Paloma Faith arrives for the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London, February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Catherine Wylie

Ed Sheeran admits it took him "about three years" to get used to being famous.

The A-Team singer said his first year in the limelight was "really, really not nice at all".

Speaking on the red carpet at The Brit Awards, he said: "You go from complete obscurity to not, and you have to kind of sort your head out with it. And it took me about three years to do."

Sheeran, who has two show coming up in Croke Park in Dublin this summer, joked he was going to place a bet and "cash in" before the concert was announced because there was 3/1 odds on him announcing the show.

"But I didn't get round to doing it," he said.

He said the Croke Park gig could be the biggest he has ever done, adding: "Ireland is my most successful market. It's the biggest market in the world for me."

The chart-topping musician will bring the curtain down on his 2015 stadium tour with two finale gigs in Croke Park.

The pre sale for the red-haired singer's Friday 24th July gig is now sold out, prompting Aiken Promotions to add another date.

The concert promoter has confirmed that Ed will play a second date at Croke Park, Dublin, Saturday 25th July.

Sheeran had originally intended to end his tour at Wembley Stadium but the chance to play Croker proved too enticing to turn down.

Sam Smith took home two gongs at the Brit Awards.  The 22-year-old singer proved victorious at the prestigious ceremony at London’s O2 Arena.

 Following incredible success on both sides of the pond, Sam took home the Global Success award, presented to him by Kim Kardashian.

 Accepting the prize, Sam said: “'Since I was a little kid I dreamed of people all over the world singing my songs.

 "And although I've got a long, long way to go, this shows that I'm stepping in the right direction."

 Stay With Me singer Sam was also crowned British Breakthrough Act. His success comes after he took home four gongs at the Grammy Awards earlier this month.

 But Sam wasn’t the only double winner of the evening.

 Ed Sheeran also took home two awards. The singer was presented with the first award of the evening for British Male Solo Artist.

 Ed then beat Sam to take home the biggest award of the night – British Album.

 Taking to the stage, Ed admitted to the audience that he found it difficult to believe that his record Multiply had been such a hit.

“Thank you so much for this,” Ed told the audience. “I was really worried about this album, it took a long time to be happy with it.”

Ed was presented with the award by Gladiator star Russell Crowe, who looked ready to make a dash for it in an overcoat over his suit and tie.

 Other winners of the evening included Taylor Swift, who won her first ever Brit, for International Female Solo Artist, Pharrell Williams for International Male Solo Artist, Foo Fighters for International Group and One Direction for British Artist Video of the Year for You & I.

 

 Brit award winners 2015:

 British Male Solo Artist: Ed Sheeran

 Best British Group: Royal Blood

 International Female Solo Artist: Taylor Swift (first ever Brit for her)

 British Female Solo Artist: Paloma Faith

 Global Success: Sam Smith

 International Male Solo Artist: Pharrell Williams

 British Single: Mark Ronson feat Bruno Mars for Uptown Funk

 International Group: Foo Fighters

 British Breakthrough Act: Sam Smith

 British Artist Video of the Year: One Direction for You and I

 British Album: Ed Sheeran for Multiply

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