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