Taylor Swift's Sheeran tribute in TIME is just perfect

Megan Davies
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From Digital Spy

Ed Sheeran kickstarted today with the revelation that he'd earned himself a place on TIME's list of the 100 most influential people, so what better person to dedicate the honour to him than his best friend Taylor Swift?

And, as it turns out, she proved to be just the person for the job too, as her tribute to her friend proved to be a touching and motivating summary of what makes Ed so endearing and so successful.

Beginning by praising Ed for having one of "the most impressive self-made careers in music", Swift goes on to describe Ed's determination and resilience, calling him a "fighter".

"Whether by choice or an unconscious evolution, when he decided on his musical ambitions, Ed became less of a boy and more of a tank," Taylor writes.

"He is protected by an impenetrable and ever-present armor of enthusiasm that has helped him endure any setback, letdown or underestimation. His reaction to any idea that fails is to almost immediately come up with a new one.

"He's like a fighter who pops back up on his feet before you even noticed he'd been knocked down."

Taylor also reveals in the profile that she never doubted that her friend would win a Grammy Award, telling him that he was going to sweep the whole ceremony one of these years.

"It was a few weeks later when he met me in a dance-shoe store in London, where I was picking out rehearsal outfits, and said, 'You have to hear this'," she remembered.

"It was a song he'd just finished called 'Thinking Out Loud', which went on to win Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards in 2016."

So how do you wrap up such a sweet tribute? By reminding him that there's still so much more to come.

"Congratulations to my friend Ed, for the legacy you've already built and the brilliant hook you probably just came up with five minutes ago," Taylor finished.

Don't mind us, we've just got something in our eye.

You can find TIME magazine's complete 100 list right here, where the likes of James Corden and Emma Stone receive similar tributes from Sir Elton John and Brie Larson.

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