Ed Sheeran is convinced some music award shows are “rigged” because he has been promised honors that were then handed to other singers when he failed to show up to collect them.
Sheeran has accused bosses of Britain’s Music Of Black Origin Awards (MOBOs) of giving accolades earmarked for his trophy cabinet to another star when he had to drop out of the ceremony due to tour commitments.
He also alleged that at a different ceremony, he was given an award that was initially meant for Pharrell Williams but he failed to show up.
Sheeran tells Britain’s Daily Mirror, “Like most awards shows you don’t know what’s going to happen, whether it’s rigged or not. But I won an award in the summer for a very big award show and I won it ‘cos Pharrell didn’t turn up. They said well, we were going to give it to him, but he’s not turned up so you can have it. I know award shows are rigged.
“I remember the MOBO awards got in touch a couple of years ago and told me I had won two, but on the night they gave them to someone else ‘cos I was on tour. God bless the MOBOs.”
The star was speaking at the inaugural BBC Music Awards in London on Thursday, and he commended BBC bosses for the event: “I’ve never done an award show with the BBC except the teen award, which is fun. The fact there’s only three awards – it’s not going to be a rigged thing.”