Ed Sheeran is first UK artist to receive the Gold BRIT Billion Award

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Earlier this year, the British Phonographic Industry established the BRIT Billion Award to honor artists whose songs have racked up a billion streams in the U.K. But Ed Sheeran has so many streams, they had to invent a whole new award for him.

Ed’s the first British artist to receive the special-edition Gold BRIT Billion Award, which marks the fact that he’s surpassed 10 billion career streams in the U.K. Over a billion of those streams came in the last 12 months alone.

Over his career, Ed has racked up three of the 10 most-streamed songs of all time in the U.K.: “Shape of You,” “Perfect” and “Bad Habits.”

In a statement, he said, “It’s wonderful to receive the first-ever BRIT Billion Award in the UK for 10 billion streams. I want say a big thank you to my fans. None of this is possible without you guys.”

Among the artists who’ve received a BRIT Billion Award since it was established in May are Olivia RodrigoABBAColdplay, Lewis Capaldi, Sam Smith, Mariah Carey, Queen and Ellie Goulding.

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