Ed Sheeran is knocking down fans’ Super Bowl expectations.
Playing at an event as prominent as the Super Bowl Halftime Show — with previous acts including Prince, Beyonce, Micheal Jackson, and Rihanna — is a career-defining feat. So far, there has been no concrete outcome over who will play at the Super Bowl LVIII.
Many names, ranging from rapper Lizzo to former One Direction member Harry Styles, have been mooted, but nothing substantial has come of it. The latest name to get thrown around is that of the “Thinking Out Loud” singer, but he isn’t really interested.
Ed Sheeran Addresses Whether He’d Ever Do The Super Bowl Halftime Show
During a recent interview with Andy Cohen on “Andy Cohen’s Deep & Shallow Podcast on SiriusXM” ahead of his exceptional performance in New York, the British star discussed the possibilities of playing at the iconic sports show.
When the Talk show host asked if he would “do the Super Bowl,” the singer divulged that there was once a conversation about him joining Coldplay— also British— to sing “Thinking Out Loud” when the band headlined in 2016.
The musician also told Cohen he would consider joining a headliner but doesn’t see the appeal in being the big-name performer. “I don’t think that anyone wants to see me do the Super Bowl either,” he acknowledged before adding, “I think that would be the only way that I would do it is if I was joining someone else.”
Further into the conversation, he listed a few more reasons for keeping his interest in the show at bay, one being that he thinks “it’s an American thing.” “I don’t have pizazz,” he added.
Ed Sheeran also noted that his regular performances still primarily feature himself with his loop pedal, which wouldn’t suffice for the NFL show. He pointed to grand performances from Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and The Weeknd as the standard. In his words:
“All of these amazing performers, I’m just not that. I’m not gonna have dancers on stage. I’m not gonna have fireworks and blah blah, I just can’t; that’s not me.”
Previously, on this same platform, the “Perfect” singer had also refuted claims about declining an invitation to perform at King Charles III’s Coronation Concert on Sunday, May 7, at Windsor Castle.
At the time, reports were confirming the English singer and a few others were invited to feature at the momentous event; however, he maintained that he never received any offer from Buckingham Palace. Concerning the reports, he stated:
“Many people are telling me how it’s random [Katy Perry and Lionel Richie] are going to sing at the King’s Coronation… I want to clear something up.”
The “Shape Of You” musician added that no one ever asked him to perform before saying, “I assume if they went online and went ‘what’s Ed doing on May 6,’ they would go ‘oh he’s playing in Dallas,’ so I think that’s what’s happened.”
The 32-year-old noted that he “never turned it down” because he was not asked. Nevertheless, he was pumped up to attend the “historic” ceremony. Even though fans didn’t get to see him perform, the event appeared to be in the good hands of full-time “American Idol” judges Lionel Richie and Katy Perry.
The Singer Has Been Exploring Other Music Genres
Fans of the “Antisocial” singer may not see him headlining the Super Bowl, nevertheless, they definitely watched him follow through on his desire to transition to country music with his show-stopping performance at the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards.
As much as he has made his mark in the pop genre with his electrifying lyrical prowess, he expressed his ambition to take his music career to another level— and he did.
The “Hearts Don’t Break Around Here” singer put up a pretty good show at the ACM, delivering the audience with a fresh sound unlike his regular. The British singer-songwriter performed his new song “Life Goes On” alongside country award-winning star Luke Combs.
Combs first gave a rendition of his hit song, “Love You Anyway,” from his “Gettin’ Old” album. When done, the camera found Sheeran, who played the guitar and sang “Life Goes On” from his new album, “Subtract.” Halfway through the acoustic rendition, Combs joined him to harmonize the track.